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Writers:
Bill Krohn (writer) &
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Release Date:
17 October 1993 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
A documentary about Orson Welles's unfinished three-part film about South America. | Add synopsis »
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5 wins & 1 nomination See more »
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Cast

  (in credits order)
Manuel 'Jacare' Olimpio Meira ... Himself
Jeronimo André De Souza ... Himself
Raimundo 'Tata' Correia Lima ... Himself
Manuel 'Preto' Pereira da Silva ... Himself (as Manuel 'Preto' Pereira Da Silva)
Jose Sobrinho ... Himself
Francisca Moreira da Silva ... Herself (as Francisca Moreira Da Silva)

Miguel Ferrer ... Narrator (voice)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Carmen Miranda ... Herself (voice) (archive footage)
Edmar Morel ... Himself - Interviewee
Grande Otelo ... Himself

Orson Welles ... Himself - Interview (archive footage)

Directed by
Bill Krohn 
Myron Meisel 
Orson Welles 
Richard Wilson 
Norman Foster (segment "My Friend Benito")
 
Writing credits
Bill Krohn (writer) &
Richard Wilson (writer) &
Myron Meisel (writer)

Produced by
Catherine L. Benamou .... associate producer
Régine Konckier .... producer
Bill Krohn .... producer
Myron Meisel .... producer
Jean-Luc Ormières .... producer
Richard Wilson .... producer
 
Original Music by
Jorge Arriagada 
 
Cinematography by
George Fanto 
Gary Graver 
 
Film Editing by
Ed Marx 
 
Production Management
Eric Aijala .... post-production manager
Anthony Bozanich .... post-production supervisor
 
Sound Department
Dean Beville .... supervising sound editor
Mike Chock .... sound editor
Ezra Dweck .... sound re-recording mixer
Stephen Hunter Flick .... sound designer
Geoffrey G. Rubay .... sound editor
Jean-Pierre Ruh .... sound
 
Special Effects by
Pini Klavir .... special effects supervisor
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Chico Albuquerque .... still photographer
Reginaldo Calmon .... assistant camera
Ned Scott .... still photographer
 
Editorial Department
Jennifer Hooper .... second editor
Andrew Patterson .... additional editor
Lillie Thom .... assistant editor
 
Other crew
Catherine L. Benamou .... senior researcher
Shifra Haran .... assistant: Mr. Welles
Edmar Morel .... researcher
Elizabeth Wilson .... assistant: Mr. Wilson
Randy Gitsch .... researcher: RKO Archive (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Carol Bahoric .... special thanks
Fred Chandler .... special thanks
Jodie Foster .... special thanks
Dean Goodhill .... special thanks
Michael Schlesinger .... special thanks
 

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Brazil:89 min | USA:87 min
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Originally the film was to consist of three segments. "Jangadeiros" is the story of four tree raft fishermen who travel up the Brazilian coast 1650 miles to beg the country's leader to help their poor village. The second episode, "The Story of the Samba," was to be shot in Tchnicolor at the Rio carnival. The last portion, "My Friend Bonito" was to be directed by Norman Foster from a Robert Flaherty story about a boy and his bull.See more »
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Referenced in La última película (2013)See more »

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4 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
The title says it all, 14 January 2000
Author: Matthew Ignoffo (mermatt@webtv.net) from Eatontown, NJ, USA

The title of Orson Welles' film referred to the telling of some true stories that took place in Brazil. The title of the film about the film is also true, telling the story of one of history's legendary lost films which was re-discovered in 1985 and in still in the process of being restored. Of course, it can't all be restored because it was never finished, and in the movie Welles himself admits that he had a bad habit of pursuing projects in a way that was not profitable to him.

The film Welles went to Brazil to make was part of the allied good-will efforts in World War II. Funding for the film was cut off when the head of RKO was removed and, according to Welles, as a result of this abrupt stoppage of money, the movie was cursed by a voodoo witch doctor. The curse may have worked because not only was this film never completed, but also THE MAGNIFICENT AMBERSONS, which Welles was trying to edit at the same time that he was filming in Brazil, was ruined by RKO, a member of the Brazilian cast of IT'S ALL TRUE drowned, and Welles was fired from RKO.

What we see of IT'S ALL TRUE shows Welles' artistry, improvisation, and ability to capture atmosphere by means of imagery, camera angles, and characters. We see various elements of the unfinished film including the Rio carnival and the story of four heroic fishermen.

Welles improvized the film as he went along, giving RKO the impression that he was really doing nothing at all. But his theme was the brotherhood of all people. RKO didn't "get it" and thus, perhaps, the voodoo curse extended itself to the studio itself because it eventually was sold to Lucy Ball and Desi Arnaz to become Desilu Studios and later was absorbed into Paramount Pictures. Studio "suits" need to be more careful before cutting off the work of artists -- a fact that Welles would certainly affirm.

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