It's All True is an unfinished Orson Welles feature film comprising three stories about Latin America. "My Friend Bonito" was supervised by Welles and directed by Norman Foster in Mexico in 1941. "Carnaval" (also known as "The Story of Samba") and "Jangadeiros" (also known as "Four Men on a Raft") were directed by Welles in Brazil in 1942. It was to have been Welles's third film for RKO Radio Pictures, after Citizen Kane (1941) and The Magnificent Ambersons (1942). The project was a co-production of RKO and the Office of the Coordinator of Inter-American Affairs that was later terminated by RKO.
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In the book 'It's All True: Orson Welles's Pan-American Odyssey', author Catherine L. Benamou
detailed the results of a 2000 inventory of the surviving footage, which is housed in the UCLA Film and Television Archive nitrate vaults. The materials include:
- Carnaval - Approximately 32,200 feet of black-and-white not preserved; 3,300 feet preserved. Approximately 2,700 feet of Technicolor not preserved (in Paramount Studios vaults). Approximately 2,750 feet was processed and used in the 1993 documentary.
- Jangadeiros - Approximately 28,000 feet of black-and-white not preserved; approximately 35,950 feet preserved.
- My Friend Bonito - Approximately 67,145 feet of black-and-white not preserved; 8,000 feet preserved.
In addition, it was reported that 200,000 feet of Technicolor nitrate negative, mainly from 'Carnaval', was destroyed by Paramount Pictures in the 1960s or 1970s (A RKO inventory in 1952 included the 200,000 feet of color negative.).
Based on the 1952 and 2000 inventories, more than half of the footage shot for It's All True
(1943) was destroyed and less than 28 percent of the surviving footage has been preserved. See more
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