Long-lost Orson Welles film turns up in Italy
NEW YORK (AFP) - A long-lost silent film directed by Orson Welles in 1938 has been recovered from a warehouse in north-eastern Italy, where it will be screened in public for the first time in October.
Too Much Johnson was originally intended to be shown as a prologue to a slapstick comedy at the Mercury repertory theatre in New York, but it was never finished.
Until staff at the Cinemazero art house cinema in Pordenone, Italy found the work print in a warehouse earlier this year, it was thought the only known copy was lost in a fire that gutted Welles' home near Madrid in 1970.
How it wound up in Italy "is still a mystery," said Kellie Fraver, spokeswoman for the George Eastman House museum of film and photography in Rochester, New York state, which announced its recovery on Wednesday.