Lost Orson Welles film found in Italy


A film by the late (great) Orson Welles has been found in Italy and restored.

The 1938 film, titled ‘Too Much Johnson’ had been thought lost, but was recently discovered in an Italian warehouse and has now been restored, under the supervision of the George Eastman House.

The 40-minute film will now be shown as part of ‘Le Giornate del Cinema Muto’ – Italy’s silent film festival. The only known print of the film was thought to have been burned in a fire at Welles’ home in 1970.

Curator of the film, Paolo Cherchi Usai, said: “Holding in one’s hands the very same print that had been personally edited by Orson Welles 75 years ago provokes an emotion that’s just impossible to describe.”

Too Much Johnson is a slapstick comedy about marriage, filmed in three acts. It stars Joseph Cotten (The Philadelphia Story), Arlene Francis and Ruth Ford.

Flossie Topping is the former Editor-in-Chief of Critics Associated (2013-2015). She has an MA in Film Theory and an MA in Online Journalism. She has written for Screen International, Grolsch Film Works, Universal Film Magazine, The London Film Review, Best for Film, Next Projection, Metropolitan, Don't Panic and The Ealing Gazette.