It's All True (1993)

It's All True



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Both a documentary and a unique exercise in film restoration, It's All True tells the complex story of Orson Welles' ill-fated attempts to make an anthology film about the life and culture of South America and concludes with a reconstruction of one of Welles' unfinished segments, edited together from rediscovered original footage. The idea for Welles' South American project was conceived by the American government as a sort of cultural exchange to improve relations with Latin America. Using … More

Rating: G
Genre: Documentary, Television, Special Interest
Directed By: , , , ,
Written By: Bill Krohn, Richard Wilson, Myron Meisel
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On DVD: Nov 30, 2004
Paramount Pictures

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All Critics (23) | Top Critics (8)

It would never have been one of [Welles'] major works, but the swiftness and urgency with which the tale is told, and the potent composition of even the most simple scenes, reveal the touch of the master.

Full Review… | March 12, 2013
New Yorker
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Welles had intended to narrate the section himself, but the writers and directors of this documentary have wisely opted not to second-guess Welles, simply presenting the material as it stands and adding music and sound effects.

Full Review… | April 6, 2007
Chicago Reader
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What little there was (some Rio carnival footage, scenes from the fishing story Four Men on a Raft) looked stunning. In this documentary, happily, there's much more to show.

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
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This documentary is a long, seductive footnote to a cinema legend.

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
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The late Welles obviously had nothing to do with this new project. But you can feel his ambitious, quixotic intentions lurking in there somewhere.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
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A short, rather unsatisfying film about Welles's misadventures in Latin America at the start of World War II.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
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Audience Reviews for It's All True


Interesting look at a little known Orson Welles project involving the capturing of footage of life in South America. Probably works a little better if they just released the footage and scrapped the documentary portion.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

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One of the great unfinished film projects and an excellent look into Welles' visionary style. Look for some gorgeous shots throughout and an overall feeling of 'being there' as the film takes you on its little trip.

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