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The final directorial project the legendary Orson Welles completed during his lifetime, F for Fake is less a documentary than an example of cinematic free association on the topic of trickery. Much of the film is in fact drawn from other sources, most notably an unfinished documentary by Francois Reichenbach on the notorious Elmyr de Hory, whose extremely skillful forgeries of famous paintings caused scandals amongst art collectors and experts. In an additional bit of irony, de Hory's interviewer is author Clifford Irving, who became infamous due to a forgery of his own: a falsified autobiography of Howard Hughes. Welles openly re-edits and manipulates this footage, using it as a spine for his own commentary, arguing that there is an extremely close relationship between art and lying, and citing instances from his own career to prove the point. Through a combination of documentary and staged footage, Welles attempts to illustrate the artifice behind all filmmaking, even that of a supposedly non-fiction variety.

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Release Date: 10/21/2014
UPC: 0715515129114
Original Release: 1973
Rating: PG
Source: Criterion
Region Code: A
Time: 1:28:00
Sales rank: 2,143

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Audio commentary from 2005 by cowriter and star Oja Kodar and director of photography Gary Graver Introduction from 2005 by filmmaker Peter Bogdanovich Episode of the talk show Tomorrow from 1975 featuring an extensive Interview with Welles Orson Welles: One-Man Band, a documentary from 1995 about Welles's unfinished projects Almost True: The Noble Art of Forgery, a fifty-two-minute documentary from 1997 about art forger Elmyr de Hory 60 Minutes interview form 2000 with Clifford Irving about his Howard Hughes autobiograpy hoax Audio recording of Hughes's 1972 press conference exposing Irving's hoax. Extended, nine-minute trailer

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F for Fake 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
orvuus More than 1 year ago
This is definitely a film from another time -- Orson Welles certainly works to make it entertaining, though. Today with instant videos serving as documentaries, this account of a fraud artist written up by another fraud artist (Clifford Irving) may take time to develop, but is fairly entertaining. Recommended for Welles enthusiasts and those interested in the world of art.
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