In the history of cinema there has never been a creator who has been the object of such myth-making and analysis as Orson Welles.
Like an open chapter, enriched in perpetuity, interest in Orson Welles is renewed on an almost annual basis and inspires countless documentaries and films. fiction, while there has never been a director to whom such a wealth of bibliography and journalism has been dedicated.
Last example, the excitement caused by the news of a commendable “crusade” that begins this year with the hope that the unique copy will be discovered in Brazil which may have remained from the original, without cuts, version of the movie “The Wonderful 'Ampersons”.
The 70 the Athens International Festival-Premiere Nights (22) / 9-3 / 22)), bowing once again to the greatness of Wells, which also inspired this year 's visual and on the occasion of 80 or the anniversary of “Citizen Kane”, presents a respectful tribute to the director, who wishes, according to the organizers, to re-establish his fiction properly and considers it an obligation to show his films not only in the most recent , but also in their more complete restoration “. returned its creator, the result of a feverish effort of historians and technicians to “reconstruct” it based on his notes.
Similarly, “Mr. Arkadin” will be shown on closer to the director's original cut than any other version of the film that was released until recently.
In a movie premiere we will also see “Too Much Johnson”, essentially Wells' first film, shot three years before “Citizen Kane”, which everyone thought was on fire 1970, before being discovered forgotten in a warehouse in Italy, 35 years after its creation. Every other screening will be done with the highest possible quality of image and sound, says the festival.
The films of the tribute will be prefaced by: o the artistic director of “ELEFSINA 2023 European Capital of Culture “, Michael Marmarinos, the actor and director, Dimitris Karantzas, the film critic, Thodoris Koutsogiannopoulos, the journalist and translator , Tina Mandilara and the person in charge of the CINOBO program, Tassos Melemenidis.
The films of the tribute in detail:
TOO MUCH JOHNSON (1942))