Berkeley: University of California Press, 2007. Paperback. xvi, 400 pages: illustrations, maps, music ; 23 cm ; bibliographical references (pages 363-380) and index. new. Item #100358
Contents: 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.
Described as a work of genius, a pretentious wreck, a crucially important film, a victim of its director's ego, and much more, 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. Breaking with the auteur-destroyed-by-Hollywood cliche, Benamou locates the premature termination of this cross-cultural project in the complex mix of American foreign policy, Brazilian and Mexican national interests, Welles' own desire for ethnographic authenticity, a Hollywood system looking for a conventional picture, and the political stakes of a host of players. Definitively debunking many of the myths surrounding It's All True, this groundbreaking book will challenge much received wisdom about Orson Welles, one of the most important figures in the history of cinema, and illuminate the unique place he occupies in American culture, broadly defined.
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