Orson Welles' free-form documentary about fakery focusses on the notorious art forger Elmyr de Hory and Elmyr's biographer, Clifford Irving, who also wrote the celebrated fraudulent Howard Hughes autobiography, then touches on the reclusive Hughes and Welles' own career (which started with a faked resume and a phony Martian invasion). On the way, Welles plays a few tricks of his own on the audience. Written by
Did You Know?
Welles filmed a trailer that lasted for nine minutes and featured several shots of a topless Oja Kodar
. The trailer was rejected by the US distributors. See more
The word "practitioners" is misspelled "practioners" in the opening credits. See more
I did promise that for one hour, I'd tell you only the truth. That hour, ladies and gentlemen, is over. For the past seventeen minutes, I've been lying my head off.