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F for Fake - Criterion Collection

2 Ratings: 5.0
Classics movie directed by Orson Welles

To call Orson Welles'sF For Fakea documentary would be somewhat deceitful, but deceit itself is very much the subject of this curious film essay. Welles ruminates on the nature of artistic fakery through two examples, that of infamous art forger … see full wiki

Director: Orson Welles
Genre: Classics
3 reviews about F for Fake - Criterion Collection
review by . September 02, 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 …
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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 . September 01, 2005
posted in Movie Hype
This is a fascinating film on the nature of art, the relation between beauty and truth, the ethics of expertise, and on realism in cinema. Having said that, I want to make clear that this is not a stuffy and slow artistic analysis of BIG ISSUES. Welles pulls out all the stops to make it sexy and exciting -- he prepares us from the very beginning to see him as a cinematic magician, with a beautiful assistant, whose beauty (as in such magical acts) is used to distract the audience from the games he …
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