It's All True (1993)
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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.
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.
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.
The late Welles obviously had nothing to do with this new project. But you can feel his ambitious, quixotic intentions lurking in there somewhere.
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.
It is a master piece, and a huge lesson about Brazil's culture. I am astonished with Orson's sight, and how he fell in love with Brazilians. It is impressive! Besides the fact that it is *still* all true. Nothing really changed.
Now this film is not going to be for everyone. However, if you are a film lover-especially of classics films of the 1940s or Orson Welles this will be something you won't want to miss. The U.S. Government had commissioned Welles, who was a hot ticket at the time because of CITIZEN KANE, to head to Brazil to make an anti-Nazi film for the U.S. "Good Neighbor Policy." After months of shooting on his film, which undoubtably would have been a masterpice, was stopped and abandoned by RKO and the footage was just sort of stored away never to be seen. This devastated Welles and in the biography Welles On Welles he himself said it was probably the most devastating single thing that happened to him next to RKO butchering his film THE MAGNIFICENT AMBERSONS. This film consists of footage that he shot for that film and Welles magnificent documentary "Four Men On A Boat." Now this is not for all tastes and I even found it a little boring but its fascinating seeing the young Welles and listening to him talk film and seeing the magnificent footage he shot. Directed by Richard Wilson, Myron Miesel and Bill Krohn. Released by Paramount Pictures and Rated G.
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