F For Fake


Orson Welles' documentary about fraud and fakery.

Having convinced America aliens were invading in 1938, Orson Welles mused on art-as-deception in this 1974 pic considered his last classic.

Jumping off from a BBC commission about art forger Elmyr De Hory, Welles uses blink/ miss editing to stitch up a mischievous mash of mock-doc, magic show, lecture and comedy.

The greatest trick he pulls is making you think he’s not genuine: beneath befuddling, bracing digressions on Picasso, Howard Hughes, biography, confidence tricks, growing beards and “girl-watching” lies a searching interrogation of ideas of authorship.

Real fun, for real.

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    • jackiejormpjomp

      Aug 15th 2012, 13:11


      F is For Fake may not be for everyone but for those who get hooked in, it is an exhilarating ride. It's stimulating, charming and fast paced....your head will spin from some of the editing's pace. This is a highly underrated film and one of Orson's least tampered with later films. That alone should make this movie a must see for film fans.

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