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Popcorn & Prejudice: A Movie Blog

Seattle Times writer Moira Macdonald muses on moviegoing. Email Moira: mmacdonald@seattletimes.com.

August 7, 2013 at 1:11 PM

A ‘new’ Orson Welles film

Today’s interesting film-history read, here in the New York Times: An early film work (pre-“Citizen Kane”) by Orson Welles, called “Too Much Johnson” and intended to be shown as part of a 1938 Broadway stage production, has long been thought lost — destroyed in a fire, it was believed, decades ago. But it turned up recently, in the warehouse of a shipping company in Pordenone, Italy, and has been restored by the George Eastman House and the National Film Preservation Foundation. The 40-minuteĀ  film, which stars many members of the then-23-year-old Welles’ Mercury Theater (who would later go on to appear in “Citizen Kane”), will premiere this fall at the Pordenone film festival and in New York, and may well be available on the Internet later this year. It’s fascinating to wonder what might have happened to “lost” films of the past; some — such as, perhaps, Alfred Hitchcock’s lost silent film “The Mountain Eagle,” may just be sitting in a warehouse or an attic somewhere, waiting to be found. Anyway, good story; well worth a read.

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