F for Fake

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F for Fake
He may be chiefly remembered as the most talented man ever to step behind a camera (whatever the voters in Sight & Sound’s recent poll might say), but Orson Welles always claimed his purest love was magic. Not in the ‘Harry Potter’ sense – Welles’s favoured form was misdirection, sleight of hand, a craft he associated closely with cinema, and which found its fullest expression in his final completed film, a gloriously sly and slippery ‘documentary’. Ostensibly, it’s a portrait of two notorious fakers – art forger Elmyr de Hory and his biographer (and publisher of an allegedly fictional memoir by Howard Hughes), Clifford Irving. But, like most of his great works, ‘F for Fake’ is really about Welles himself: the consummate raconteur, enthusiast, genius, friend, lover and self-confessed ‘fake’. For all its nods, winks and witty asides, it’s a richly personal work, picking over the questions every creative artist must eventually ask: Am I ‘for real’? Does it matter? And what is all this work worth, anyway?

By: Tom Huddleston


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Rated: PG
Release date: Friday August 24 2012
Duration: 0 mins

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Director: Orson Welles
Screenwriter: Orson Welles, Oja Kodar, Olga Palinkas
Cast: Orson Welles
Oja Kodar
Elmyr de Hory
Clifford Irving
Edith Irving
François Reichenbach
Joseph Cotten
Laurence Harvey
Richard Wilson

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Paul Alexander

Truly an amazing experience! So glad to see this is going to get a wider audience. Plus, Oja Kodar is just so fucking gorgeous!