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A documentary about Orson Welles's unfinished three-part film about South America.
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The black-and-white portions of this film were filmed in 1942, when Orson Welles
was asked by Nelson Rockefeller to make a "goodwill" film documentary about South America. RKO assumed Welles' film would resemble an innocuous travelogue; instead, he began to film a documentary about ordinary daily life in Brazil. Legends (ultimately proved untrue) sprang up about Welles' riotous behavior in Brazil, and RKO pulled the plug on the film after a fatal accident involving fishermen. For years, the original footage was considered lost, but what was left was eventually found in the Paramount stock footage library and edited into this 1993 release. See more