F for Fake

F for Fake

Orson Welles
 Cast: Orson Welles
Orson Welles
, Oja Kodar
Oja Kodar
, Joseph Cotten
Joseph Cotten
, François Reichenbach
François Reichenbach


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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.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/21/2014
UPC: 0715515129114
Original Release: 1973
Rating: PG
Source: Criterion
Region Code: A
Time: 1:28:00
Sales rank: 4,340

Special Features

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

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Orson Welles Himself
Oja Kodar The Girl
Joseph Cotten Guest
François Reichenbach Special Participant
Paul Stewart Special Participant
Gary Graver Special Participant
Peter Bogdanovich Special Participant
William Alland Special Participant

Technical Credits
Orson Welles Director,Screenwriter
Paul Bertault Sound/Sound Designer
Marie-Sophie Dubus Editor
Gary Graver Cinematographer
Michel Legrand Score Composer
Christian Odasso Cinematographer
François Reichenbach Producer

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