Re: It's All True


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Posted by Last post in this series on July 27, 2001 at 09:08:12:

In Reply to: Re: It's All True posted by Orson Welles/Nelson Rockefeller on July 27, 2001 at 08:41:05:

Feb. 13, 1943 telegram to Orson Welles from Francis Alstock-

Nelson arriving with me next Wednesday. Deeply appreciate your showing him a roughcut of It's All True if that is possible.

Feb. 13, 1943 telegram to Francis Alstock from Orson Welles-

Eagerly awaiting yours and Nelson's arrival. Will not have a rough cut completed, but plenty of film worth showing. All the best.

Feb. 26th 1943 Orson Welles to Fernando Pinto, Jangada Club, Forteleza Brazil (excerpt)-

My dear Fernando,
As you may know, my quarrel with RKO has assumed virtually Homeric proportions. Since it's completion last August, they have steadfastly refused to release the picture. Five months passed before I could even so much as look at the film. Now I have finally persuaded them to allow me to cut it at my own expense, which formidable project occupies the better part of our time these days. The jangadieros story they wouldn't even develop. Since this is a costly process, I have yet to see the result of all our work in Sierra. Just now, however, by virtue of signing to do another picture with 20th Century Fox, we have raised enough cash to run the negative through the laboratory, and by next week I will have seen enough to know whether we have as worthwhile a film property as I expect it to be. We are hoping that, after the whole movie is cut together, that some studio will like it well enough to buy it outright from RKO. If this doesn't work we shall simply go on saving money until we can bring it out ourselves. Too much effort and real love went into the entire project for it to fail and come to nothing in the end. I have a degree of faith in it that amounts to fanatacism, and you can be sure that, if It's All True goes down into limbo, I'll go with it.


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