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Fanto mss., 1940-1951

Summary Information

Lilly Library (Indiana University, Bloomington)
Lilly Library
Indiana University
1200 E. Seventh St.
Bloomington, IN 47405-5500
Phone: 812-855-2452
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Fanto, George, 1918-

Fanto mss., 1940-1951

Collection No.
LMC 1348

274 items

Materials are in English.

The Fanto mss., 1940-1951, consist of correspondence, film and theatre production materials, photographs, and clippings pertaining to the work of director Orson Welles, 1915-1985 and cinematographer George Fanto, 1918- .

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research.

Biographical Note

Fanto was born in Budapest, Hungary on August 4, 1911. He was a cinematographer who photographed what became Welles's unfinished documentary on Latin America, It's All True; followed by Welles's screen adaptation of Othello (released in Europe in 1952 and the United States in 1955).


Arranged in the following series: I. Correspondence, II. Script materials, III. Miscellaneous, IV. Photographs, V. Clippings.

Scope and Content Note

Fanto first worked with Welles in Brazil in 1941. The majority of the materials in the collection are from 1949-1950 during the filming of Othello in Europe and North Africa. Most of the letters in the collection are from Welles to Fanto. Other items include a partial script, shooting instructions and financial materials for Othello, a script for the play Time Runs, a partial script for the proposed film Twice Is Too Much, a playbill for the Unthinking Lobster and Time Runs, and a synopsis of a proposed film Life Is a Song. The photographs include a portrait of Welles and photographs taken during the filming of It's All True and Othello.

Administrative Information

Acquisition Information
Acquired: 1987
Usage Restrictions
Prior arrangements are not necessary before coming to the Library, however, patrons from out of town are encouraged to communicate with the Library in advance of their visits to ascertain availability of materials.

Photocopying permitted only with permission of the Curator of Manuscripts, Lilly Library.

Preferred Citation
[Item], Fanto mss., Lilly Library, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana.
Processing Information
Processed by Staff.

Completed in 2013

Box 1 Folders 1-2: Correspondence, 1940-1973  [bulk: 1949-1950]

Folder 3: "Life Is a Song," film synopsis for "Carnaval" sequence of It's All True

Folder 4: Othello, 4th draft shooting script for Prologue and Part 1, with holograph revisions and sketches by Welles, 1950

Folder 5: Othello, shooting/camera instructions

Folder 6: Othello, information concerning latensification

Folder 7: Othello, financial materials

Folder 8: Time Runs...,play script

Folder 9: Twice Is Too Much: Part Four of a picture in four parts called Honeymoon: script, ca. 1950

Folder 10: Miscellaneous: notes about golf; character analysis of Ulysses; and playbill from the Theatre Edouard VII for The Unthinking Lobster and Time Runs

Folder 11: Photographs: It's All True, 11 photographs, two photographic postcards; Othello, 12 photographs and 1 duplicate; portrait of Orson Welles

Folder 12: "Reminiscences of Orson Welles"

Folder 13: Printed, articles on George Fanto, cinematographer for It's All True and Othello

Box 2-3 Print Boxes of 127 prints made from motion picture film strips, all from Othello except for seven prints from unidentified films.




Newspaper clippings, It's All True and Othello