It goes without saying that Orson Welles has become one of the most iconic cinematic geniuses in film history. Be it Citizen Kane and its continual mentioning as the greatest American film ever put to celluloid, or films like F For Fake or his turn in The Third Man that show just how brilliant this man was.
However, there has always been one film in particular that has been both one of his most talked about projects, and also one of the most difficult to see. Entitled Chime At Midnight, the film is Welles’ take on Falstaff, the Shakespeare character, and now it just got a lot easier to view. The Independent is reporting that the film has finally busted out of its legal shackles, and will premiere a recently restored print at this year’s Screen Arts Festival.
The film has been fodder for crummy DVD releases for years now, but thanks to a newly discovered print, the film has been restored and has often been compared to films like Kane and The Magnificent Ambersons. While Ambersons had suffered a similar fate, that film is still, in its original intended form, lost to history, leaving this film to be arguably one of the biggest restorations in recent memory. Here’s to hoping that a brand like Criterion can nab the rights to this project, and give it the proper release that it really deserves.
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Source The Independent