Love this very detailed blog on the discovery of a pristine print of an Orson Welles classic, Falstaff/Chimes at Midnight. A lost story being found is always a cause for celebration, especially one by The Bard himself. Enjoy.
FALSTAFF CHIMES AT MIDNIGHT
by Steven Morowitz and Joel Bender
(Part 1 by Steven Morowitz)
Distribpix Inc. discovers a hidden cinema treasure……
New York/Los Angeles for immediate release/Feb. 9,2015
Film enthusiast and archivist, Steven Morowitz, and veteran film director Joel Bender, unearth a rare and almost pristine 35mm print of Falstaff, Chimes at Midnight. This is one of the most important discoveries for us to date, at least regarding a mainstream film and one of such historical importance. Not that the film does not exist, and not that there are many experts already on the case, but from the bootleg versions and web clips available that we have seen over the years, it seems that the source material that people have been using is in very poor shape, and or put together from various prints. Maybe not doing proper film restorations or not having proper film elements has been…
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