F for Fake

F for Fake

Orson Welles, France / Iran / West Germany, 1974, DCP, 85’

 

Trickery. Deceit. Magic. In this Orson Welles free-form documentary, 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 whom is Welles himself. Charming and inventive, F for Fake is an inspired prank and a searching examination of the essential duplicity of cinema. (The Criterion Collection catalog)

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