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It's All True (1993)

A documentary about Orson Welles's unfinished three-part film about South America.
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Cast

Credited cast:
Manuel 'Jacare' Olimpio Meira Manuel 'Jacare' Olimpio Meira ... Himself
Jeronimo André De Souza Jeronimo André De Souza ... Himself
Raimundo 'Tata' Correia Lima Raimundo 'Tata' Correia Lima ... Himself
Manuel 'Preto' Pereira da Silva Manuel 'Preto' Pereira da Silva ... Himself (as Manuel 'Preto' Pereira Da Silva)
Jose Sobrinho Jose Sobrinho ... Himself
Francisca Moreira da Silva 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 Edmar Morel ... Himself - Interviewee
Grande Otelo Grande Otelo ... Himself
Orson Welles ... Himself - Interview (archive footage)
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A documentary about Orson Welles's unfinished three-part film about South America.

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Certificate:

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Country:

France | USA

Language:

Portuguese | English

Release Date:

October 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Dreamers See more »

Filming Locations:

Fortaleza, Ceará, Brazil See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

An article by Raymond Kelly on the background of the filming was published in the January 1988 copy of "Films in Review." See more »

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References Journey Into Fear (1943) See more »

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A refreshing look at a controversial genius
5 March 2003 | by flitcraftSee all my reviews

I loved this examination of Welles' South American misadventures, because it challenged and successfully overturned my prejudices towards Welles; namely, that in his early years he squandered much of his talent and potential while becoming Hollywood's "bad boy," partying in the streets of Rio on RKO's tab until they had no choice but to pull the plug on his project. Instead, the filmmakers paint a much more sincere portrait of Welles as a committed filmmaker and artist, with circumstances beyond his control ultimately destroying not just his hard work, but the hopes of an entire oppressed underclass.

Amazingly, the filmmakers were able to locate the survivors (and their relatives) to piece together, first the chronology of Welles' stay in Brazil, and eventually the raw footage itself, to give us at least a glimpse of what Welles had planned to release. It's also a fascinating look at the early documentary tradition pioneered by Robert Flaherty and John Grierson (though ultimately I think the evidence suggests Welles may have been more influenced by Eisensteinian agit-prop).

For anyone interested in a sympathetic portrayal of American cinema's most praised and controversial director, I highly recommend IT'S ALL TRUE.


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