Orson Welles's F for Fake

Orson Welles's F for Fake

DVD - 2005 | Widescreen, special edition.
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Trickery. Deceit. Magic. In Orson Welles's free-form documentary F for Fake, the legendary filmmaker (and self-described charlatan) gleefully engages the central preoccupation of his career - the tenuous line between truth and illusion, art and lies. Beginning with portraits of world-renowned art forger Elmyr de Hory and his equally devious biographer, Clifford Irving, Welles embarks on a dizzying cinematic journey that simultaneously exposes and revels in fakery and fakers of all stripes - not the least of which is Welles himself. Charming and inventive, F for Fake is an inspired examination of the essential duplicity of cinema.
Publisher: [New York, N.Y.] : Criterion Collection, [2005]
Edition: Widescreen, special edition.
ISBN: 9780780030022
0780030028
Branch Call Number: DVD 001.95 F ORS
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (approximately 237 min.) :,sound, color ;,4 3/4 in. +,1 booklet.
Alternative Title: F for fake [videorecording]

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VcrRocker
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!

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brigpa1
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.

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a_esquimaux
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!

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hgibbins
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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