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F for Fake (1973)

PG  |   |  Documentary  |  12 March 1975 (France)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Himself - Narrator (voice)
Oja Kodar ...
Herself - The Girl
François Reichenbach ...
Himself - Special Participant
Elmyr de Hory ...
Himself
Clifford Irving ...
Himself
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Himself
Edith Irving ...
Herself
David Walsh ...
Himself
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Himself - Special Participant
Richard Wilson ...
Himself - Special Participant
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Himself - Special Participant
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Himself (archive footage)
Richard Drewitt ...
Himself - Associate Producer (as Richard Drewett)
Alexander Welles ...
Special Participant (as Sasa Devcic)
Gary Graver ...
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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 Anonymous

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Actress Oja Kodar, who appears in a muse-like fashion in this film, was Welles' real-life girlfriend at the time. See more »

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The word "practitioners" is misspelled "practioners" in the opening credits. See more »

Quotes

Orson Welles: Like all Hungarians, he told the best Hungarian jokes. The omelet, you know that, don't you? Sure. It's a classic. It's in our Hungarian cookbook. To make an omelet, it says, first: steal an egg.
Elmyr de Hory: Well, naturally. To be Hungarian, it is not a nationality, it is a profession.
Orson Welles: But the truth about Hungarians, which they do try to cover up, is that they are not any more crooked than the rest of us. But not the way they like to tell it! Of all the Hungarian friends I've ever had, I can't remember one...
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Incredible
9 October 2002 | by (Oakland CA) – See all my reviews

Excellent pseudo-documentary about the art of fakery. Elmyr D'Hory the art forger and Clifford Irving, his biographer are profiled, as well as Welles' own career as a faker. Irving apparently perpetrated a scam to collect money for a check written, supposedly, by Howard Hughes as a deposit on a biography they would write together. I've listened carefully and I believe it really IS Hughes' voice on the telephone saying that Irving is a faker and that he had never heard of him before. Anyway, 100% editing genius makes a fake movie out of a TV special (made for French public Tv, as I understand it) by tacking on 40 minutes of inspired nonsense by Welles himself, proving that he truly is a magician for the masses.


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