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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 whom is Welles himself. Charming and inventive, F for Fake is an inspired prank and a searching examination of the essential duplicity of cinema.

Cast
  Orson Welles   Oja Kodar   Elmyr de Hory   Clifford Irving   François Reichenbach   Gary Graver   Pablo Picasso?

Credits Director Orson Welles Written by Orson Welles and Oja Kodar Photography Gary Graver Music Michel Legrand Editing Marie-Sophie Dubus and Dominique Engerer
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CastPaul Stewart, Orson Welles, Joseph Cotten, Peter Bogdanovich, Oja Kodar, Fran├žois Reichenbach, William Alland, Gary Graver
DirectorOrson Welles
Genre:  Documentary
Release Date:  September 1, 1974
MPAA Rating:  Unrated
Screen WriterOrson Welles
Runtime:  1hr 25min
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review by . August 26, 2010
With a great creative genius like Welles, how can one tell when he is lying?
Orson Welles’ 1973 docu-drama “F For Fake” is the last major film completed by Orson Welles, who directed, co-wrote, and starred in the film. Initially released in 1974, it focuses on Elmyr de Hory's recounting of his career as a professional art forger; de Hory's story serves as the backdrop for a fast-paced, meandering investigation of the natures of authorship and authenticity, as well as the basis of the value of art. Loosely a documentary, the film operates in several …
review by . January 29, 2010
   "F for Fake," the last film Orson Welles saw to completion, is nothing if not complicated.  Like the man himself, this film wanders and ambles, drifts, is occasionally brilliant and often frustrating, but never anything less than entertaining.  The main premise of the film is a question, a question that Welles spends the entirety of the screen time trying to answer: What is truth? and more specifically How does truth relate to art?      …
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