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BBC News – ‘Lost’ Orson Welles short films recovered

Orson WellesFootage shot by Citizen Kane director Orson Welles in 1938 has been restored after being discovered in a warehouse in north-east Italy.

The footage, originally intended to be screened during a staging of the 19th Century comedy Too Much Johnson, will finally be premiered in October.

The films were intended as prologues to each act of William Gillette‘s three-part farce but were never finished.

It had been thought the only known print was destroyed in a fire in 1970.

None of the three short films have survived intact, however.The longest piece of footage shows a womaniser, played by Joseph Cotten, chased across Manhattan by a husband he has wronged.

Welles’ Mercury Theatre company eventually staged Too Much Johnson without the shorts at the Stony Creek Theatre in Connecticut in August 1938. It was not a success.

Later that year Welles broadcast his radio adaptation of HG Wells’ The War of the Worlds, famously believed by some listeners to be an actual report of a Martian invasion.

via BBC News – ‘Lost’ Orson Welles short films recovered.

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