“Forgotten Hollywood”- Lost Orson Welles Early Film Found…

Posted on August 8, 2013 by raideoman1 | No Comments

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   An Italian film archive has announced the discovery of a long-lost Orson Welles flick, a silent movie he made just before going to Hollywood to direct Citizen Kane. A rep of the Italian film archive Cineteca del Friuli found the 1938 two reel comedy Too Much Johnson in a warehouse in the northeastern Italian city of Pordenone where it was stored for years before being identified. The motion picture  was originally thought lost in a fire at Welles’ home.

   In 1938, RKO Pictures president George Schaefer offered Welles what generally is considered the greatest contract ever offered to an untried director: complete artistic control. RKO signed Welles in a two-picture deal; including script, cast, crew and most importantly, final cut, although Welles had a budget limit for his projects. With this contract in hand, Welles (and his Mercury Theatre troupe) moved to Hollywood.                                                                                    ORSON WELLES

   In 2002, Welles was voted the greatest film director of all time in two separate British Film Institute polls among directors and critics, and a wide survey of critical consensus, best-of lists, and historical retrospectives calls him the most acclaimed director of all time.

   The forgotten movie will debut in October at a silent film festival in Pordenone.

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   Karen Black was a Golden Globe-winning actress, who also received an Oscar nod for her gritty performance in Five Easy Pieces. Memorable roles in Easy Rider, Portnoy’s Complaint, The Great Gatsby, Airport ’75, Nashville, The Day of the Locust, and Family Plot (Hitchcock’s final film) followed. Black began her career working Off-Broadway, and on the small screen, with an appearance on Adam-12. She worked with Peter Fonda, Jack Nicholson, Charlton Heston, Bette Davis, Robert Redford, Bruce Dern, among others.              KAREN BLACK —————–>

   Karen Black passed away today at the age of 74.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

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