At 23 years old, George A. Romero implored his uncle for a new Bolex camera. His uncle gave him $5,000 to purchase it. With his new friends, Russ Streiner and Richard Ricci, they shot a series of short films, all thought to have been lost. One of these films, now entitled Romero's Elegy, was found and is being restored by the George A. Romero Foundation.
Romero’s Elegy is a 21 -minute film shot in Pittsburgh in 1963. Richard Ricci plays one of the antagonists. Shot without sound or dialogue, the original intention was to add music and poetry to it. But it was never finished. In 2020, Ricci wrote the poem that has been added to the piece. Richard passed away 4 days after he submitted the piece, which he worked on for nine months. The restoration team then hired Terry Alexander to narrate the poem.
The George A. Romero Foundation is currently working to license music so that the originally intended elements can be added to the film for the world to see.
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