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?
Hidden within a montage of footage of Howard Hughes
is one brief shot of a man disembarking from a ship who looks similar to Hughes, but is actually the actor Don Ameche
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The word "practitioners" is misspelled "practioners" in the opening credits. See more
[quoting a phenomenal art forger
Do you think I should confess? To what? Committing masterpieces?