It's All True
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Both a documentary and a unique exercise in film restoration, It's All True tells the complex story of Orson Welles' ill-fated attempts to make an anthology film about the life and culture of South America and concludes with a reconstruction of one of Welles' unfinished segments, edited together from rediscovered original footage. The idea for Welles' South American project was conceived by the American government as a sort of cultural exchange to improve relations with Latin America. Using interviews and period footage, the filmmakers relate how the project quickly turned… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 82%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ Anthony Lane, New Yorker
"This documentary is a long, seductive footnote to a cinema legend."
‑ Vincent Canby, New York Times
"Visually spectacular documentary, one of Welles' sympathetic looks at countries around the world, their life and culture."
‑ Michael E. Grost, Classic Film and Television
"Is this really a 'lost masterpiece'? I doubt it, but it's still and important missing piece of Welles' filmography."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"It's definitely all true, but it's not all that interesting."
‑ Christopher Null, Filmcritic.com
"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."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"The late Welles obviously had nothing to do with this new project. But you can feel his ambitious, quixotic intentions lurking in there somewhere."
‑ Desson Thomson, Washington Post
"It's an amazing film for how it shows the Hollywood studio system couldn't tolerate creative artists."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"If only a documentary like this one existed for every unfinished Welles film."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"It's All True is an essential piece in the Welles puzzle."
‑ Eric Henderson, Slant Magazine
"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."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"A short, rather unsatisfying film about Welles's misadventures in Latin America at the start of World War II."
‑ Rita Kempley, Washington Post
"Even in its redundancy, it is nevertheless fascinating."
‑ Marjorie Baumgarten, Austin Chronicle
"...the film at once seems like a visually dynamic conflation of a Robert Flaherty film and a proto-neorealist fable comprised of photogenic locals and working class heroics."
‑ Doug Cummings, Filmjourney
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