It’s All True

It’s All True (1993)

After Citizen Kane, Orson Welles was sent to Rio de Janeiro to make a film called “The Story of Samba” as part of the US’s Good Neighbor Policy. He ended up trying to make three reality-based films about Brazilian culture, to be realeased together as “It’s All True”. Changes in regime at the studio funding the film scuttled the project.

This documentary explores Welles’ efforts to get the films made, and includes a newly assembled cut of one of the unfinished short films, “Four Men in a Boat”. The story behind all this is actually more compelling than the short film, perhaps due to the way it was assembled.

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