The George Eastman House restores a lost Orson Welles film

Although “Citizen Kane” is thought by most people to be his first film, Orson Welles actually made a film before that. Shot in 1938 as a silent to which music and sound effects would be later added, “Too Much Johnson” was never completed and the only known print was destroyed in a fire in 1970. But recently a copy of the film was discovered in Italy and sent to The George Eastman House in Rochester for restoration. Amazingly, despite its age, Eastman House restorers were able to salvage over 96% of the film without using digital techniques. It will be shown to the public in the Dryden Theater on October 16th (ticketed event).

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