It’s All True: Orson Welles’s Pan-American Odyssey

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University of California Press, Mar 14, 2007 - Performing Arts - 416 pages
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.
 

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Contents

In Production 19411942
23
2 Toward the Text of Its All True Based on the Work in Progress
61
The Trajectory of the Film Object and That of Critical Discourse
130
A Wellesian Text
156
The Politics and Poetics of a TextintheMaking
194
The Films Suspension Examined
227
7 The Legacy of a Phantom Film 19452003
276
Its All True Orson Welles and Hemispheric History
297
Pages From A Research Scrapbook Jacarés Family Remembers
305
Fact Sheets For Filmed Episodes of Its All True 19411942
310
Notes
319
Bibliography
363
Index
381
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Page vii - I have a degree of faith in it which amounts to fanaticism, and you can believe that if It's All True goes down into limbo I'll go with it.

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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.

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