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Saturday, April 15, 2023
An Olympia Film Society Fundraiser
Chimes at Midnight (1966): 6K Restoration
Post-Film Discussion w/ Chimes at Midnight’s Producer of Restoration, Michael Dawson
Doors 6:00PM / Film 7:00PM
$12 GA & $9 OFS
Proceeds from this event benefit the sidewalk project. This project will create a safer, more accessible space out front of the Capitol Theater.  OFS will be raffling 4 opportunities to dedicate a personalized engraved brick to the project! To donate directly to this project, please click here $200+ gets you brick!

Tickets are available at the box office 1/2 hour before showtimes.

After decades of inferior, faded, off-synch 35mm copies, a pristine 6K digital master now exists to fully experience Welles’ artistry and his cinematic craft as a master. This master negative 6K source is known as the “Harry Saltzman Negative” and has not been seen since the 1960s. Orson Welles’ Chimes at Midnight is derived from five of Shakespeare’s plays; Henry IV Part 1, Henry IV Part 2, Richard II, Henry V, and the Merry Wives of Windsor. The film’s plot centers on Shakespeare’s recurring character Sir John Falstaff and the father-son relationship he has with Prince Hal, who must choose between loyalty to his father, King Henry IV, or Falstaff. Welles said that the core of the film’s story was “the betrayal of friendship.” Initially dismissed by most film critics, Chimes at Midnight is now regarded as one of Welles’ highest achievements and Welles himself called it his best work, “If I had to offer up one work to get into heaven, this would be the one.”
Dir: Orson Welles / 1965 / Spain & Switzerland / 119 min

About the Restoration:
The 6K scan of Chimes at Midnight took place at Nolo Film Digital in Chicago. The master sound track was digitized outside of Atlanta, at Preserve South in Buford, Georgia. Michael Dawson also Co-Produced the restoration of Orson Welles’ “Othello” in 1992 in partnership with Beatrice Welles. Dawson said, “The advancements in digital technology applied to film restoration have been enormous, and in just a short period of time; High Def, 2K, 4K and now 6K.’ Dawson added, “Having the Harry Saltzman original AB roll negative available to work from, allows us to show what the 6K scanning technology is capable of for restorations. This new 6K restoration will allow audiences finally to experience the most pristine version of Orson Welles’ masterpiece to date.”

About Michael Dawson:
Michael Dawson is a creative director and producer with 40 years of diverse experience in the film industry. During the early nineties, in partnership with Welles’ daughter Beatrice, he assisted in locating and restoring the original camera nitrate negative of Orson Welles’ OTHELLO. His company, Intermission Productions, provided over thirty films to beta test for the restoration software RS2, known as REVIVAL. Michael restored Stanley Kubrick’s first three film shorts, DAY OF THE FIGHT, THE FLYING PADRE and THE SEAFARERS while at I-Cubed studio in Chicago. His latest project, in partnership with producer Harry Saltzman’s widow, is a 6k restoration of Orson Welles CHIMES AT MIDNIGHT utilizing Saltzman’s master negative.  He has a BS degree in Film History, Theory and Criticism from Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

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