Variously described as a work of genius, a pretentious wreck, a crucially important film, and a victim of its director's ego, among other things, "It's All True", shot in Mexico and Brazil between 1941 and 1942, is the legendary movie that Orson Welles never got to finish. In this book, the most comprehensive and authoritative assessment of "It's All True" available, Catherine Benamou synthesizes a wealth of new and little-known source material gathered on two continents, including interviews with key participants, to present a compelling original view of the film and its historical significance. Her book challenges much received wisdom about Orson Welles and illuminates the unique place he occupies in American culture, broadly defined.
Catherine L. Benamou is Associate Professor of Film and Media Studies at the University of California, Irvine. She was Associate Producer and Senior Research Executive of It's All True: Based on an Unfinished Film by Orson Welles (Paramount Pictures 1993), and is lead consultant on the It's All True Film Preservation Project currently underway at the UCLA FIlm and Television Archive in Hollywood.
List of Illustrations Acknowledgments Author's Note Introduction: Locating Orson Welles's It's All True Chapter 1: In Production, 1941--1942 Chapter 2: Toward the Text of It's All True, Based on the Work in Progress Chapter 3: Postproduction: The Trajectory of the Film Object, and That of Critical Discourse Chapter 4: Almofala: A Wellesian Text Chapter 5: Labirinto: The Politics and Poetics of a Text-in-the-Making Chapter 6: Zoom, Pan, and Rack Focus: The Film's Suspension Examined Chapter 7: The Legacy of a Phantom Film, 1945--2003 Conclusion: It's All True, Orson Welles, and Hemispheric History Appendix 1: Pages from a Research Scrapbook: Jacare's Family Remembers Appendix 2: Fact Sheets for Filmed Episodes of It's All True, 1941--1942 Notes Bibliography Index