It's All True
It's All True (1993)

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… More

Rated: G
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Release Date: January 1, 1993
DVD Release Date: November 30, 2004
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Critic Score: 83% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Anthony Lane
New Yorker

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.

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Vincent Canby
New York Times

This documentary is a long, seductive footnote to a cinema legend.

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Quentin Curtis
Independent on Sunday

It is still a remarkable portrait of the fisherman's life, with its craft and dedication, and of people whose ravaged, hopeful faces speak to us across the years.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

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.

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Desson Thomson
Washington Post

The late Welles obviously had nothing to do with this new project. But you can feel his ambitious, quixotic intentions lurking in there somewhere.

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Michael E. Grost
Classic Film and Television

Visually spectacular documentary, one of Welles' sympathetic looks at countries around the world, their life and culture.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

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.

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Rita Kempley
Washington Post

A short, rather unsatisfying film about Welles's misadventures in Latin America at the start of World War II.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

It's an amazing film for how it shows the Hollywood studio system couldn't tolerate creative artists.

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Flixster Audience Score: 68% Flixster User Reviews
John Ballantine
Interesting look at a little known Orson Welles project involving the capturing of footage of life in South America. Probably works a little better if they just… More