F for Fake

F for Fake

DVD - 2005
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Trickery. Deceit. Magic. In this free-form documentary, the legendary filmmaker gleefully engages the central preoccupation of his career: the tenuous line between truth and illusion, art and lies.
Publisher: [United States] : Criterion collection , c2005
Edition: Special ed
ISBN: 9780780030022
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (3 hrs., 57 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in
Alternative Title: Orson Welles's F for fake


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Jan 13, 2021

Orson Welles discussing just about anything is fascinating, but here he muses about something he knows well: how the line between fiction and reality is often blurred and we do not bat an eye. Wonderful.

Sep 16, 2020

I first saw this Orson Welles exposition on fakery in the mid 70's and liked it a lot. Fast-forward 45 years and (if anything) it seems even more relevant.
Most memorable saga: A hot bimbo seduces Picasso into making a series of paintings and bequeathing them to her. She irritates Picasso when she announces a showing of the paintings. When the paintings are checked out, they are all found to be fake.
Perhaps a remake should be made. It would seem to be quite reasonable to use Elon Musk as a stand-in for Howard Hughes. They could do a long section on the 21st century's most famous fraud - Randy Mills of Black Light Power. Our favourite mainstream environmentalists, Mark Jacobson and Bill McKibben could also be included.

Orson does a fine job in this documentary on truth and fakery, with an amusing twist at the end.

Aug 19, 2015

Everytime I hear the name Orson Welles, I hear the word genius in the same sentence. This film confirms the observation at least for me. The essay/doc is a unique approach that I quite enjoyed. Plus the extras were just as rewarding. I like it when a film introduces me to a new world or a new journey. Shame on me for visits to NY City and not one art museum visit. This film will change my tourist behavior next time around. Great film! Enjoy!

Apr 02, 2015

I wanted to like this because I had just finished THE HOAX movie and thought Clifford Irving would be interesting to find out more about. But this movie, extreme Orson Welles, was too strange for me to get into. The 60 Minutes interview of Clifford Irving was interesting.

May 17, 2013

After years of dragging my non-filmgeek friends/girlfriends into Orson Welles movies with me, it occurred to me that the main gripe your average movie-goer has against his films is that they're "interesting for the sake of being interesting" as the most common reactions seem to fall along the lines of: "there was just too much going on, it lost me" or "it was cool, but what was the point". This, more than any other of his films, most definitely fits that bill. Less a documentary than a rumination on the evaluation of art; "If a faker fools an expert, then who's really doing the faking?" is the central question this film essay poses. Great documentary on second disk for all you Orson-heads!

Dec 24, 2011

Very strange movie. I only got about 1/2 way through it, before I gave up trying to figure it out. If you have an in depth knowledge of the Howard Hughes story this would likely make a lot more sense, but I don't.


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