Entertainment Weekly - 08/05/1994
"...Minor Welles is better than 'major' anything else..." -- Rating: A-
Chicago Sun-Times - 10/27/1993
"...Welles is arguably the most magnetic and mercurial of American directors..."
Description by OLDIES.com:
The film world was at his feet. The government was at his door. Would 25-year-old Orson Welles (whose 1941 Citizen Kane staggered Hollywood with its innovative movie technique) go to Brazil and make a film for the United States' anti-Nazi "Good Neighbor Policy"? Welles eagerly agreed, masterminding a complex film that featured three separate stories, each vividly depicting the charm, drama and politics of South American culture. During the course of filming, Welles encountered hazardous locations and an ever-changing cast of studio executives at RKO. After months of arduous shooting, the studio suddenly pulled the plug and shelved the ambitious project. Welles never recovered from this setback, and the true story of what happened to him in Brazil was never told.
It's All True is the title of Welles' original film...and of this remarkable story about its making...and unmaking. Featuring a treasure trove of newly discovered footage, including Welles' stunning short film Four Men On A Raft, this fascinating documentary closes the book on a long-lost chapter of cinema lore and opens a new world for today's viewers - a Wellesian world that's all impassioned, all captivating, all true.
A compendium of previously lost footage from Orson Welles' foray into Brazil during WWII. "It's All True" was to be another Welles masterpiece, but it was left unfinished. A look into the politics of the time and the footage that has been recovered tells the story of this ill-fated film. Also included are clips from "Four Men and a Raft," "The Story of Samba," and "My Friend Bonito."