The Immortal Story (1968) | DVD release – Orson Welles’ period drama is a bittersweet beauty indeed
Falstaff Chimes At Midnight (1966) | Orson Welles’ personal best gets a 50th anniversary restoration edition on Blu-ray and DVD
Too Much Johnson (1938) | Blu-ray/DVD release – Orson Welles’ once-lost silent cinema homage is a stylish rediscovery
Orson Welles cast his then-wife, Rita Hayworth, as the beautiful femme fatale in his classic 1947 film noir, and cast himself as the naive Irish sailor who becomes ensnared by her. The plot is virtually incomprehensible, but the visuals are stunning, particularly the climactic shoot-out in a hall of mirrors. Expect the film to look even more dazzling in the festival’s world premiere of the digital 4K restoration by Grover Crisp and his conservation team at Sony Columbia, following on from their work on Lawrence of Arabia.
The Lady from Shanghai shows today at 12.45pm at the Vue and on Saturday 19th October at 6.30pm at BFI Southbank as part of this year’s Treasures selection of revivals, rediscoveries and restorations from the world’s archives.