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F for Fake -- In Orson Welles's free-form documentary F for Fake, the legendary filmmaker gleefully engages the central preoccupation of his career--the tenuous line between truth and illusion, art and lies. Welles embarks on a dizzying cinematic journey that simultaneously exposes and revels in fakery and fakers of all stripes--not the least of whom is Welles himself.


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Release Date:
12 March 1975 (France) See more »
A documentary about fraud and fakery. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Orson Welles ... Himself - Narrator (voice)
Oja Kodar ... Herself - The Girl
François Reichenbach ... Himself - Special Participant
Elmyr de Hory ... Himself
Clifford Irving ... Himself

Laurence Harvey ... Himself
Edith Irving ... Herself
David Walsh ... Himself

Paul Stewart ... Himself - Special Participant
Richard Wilson ... Himself - Special Participant

Joseph Cotten ... Himself - Special Participant

Howard Hughes ... Himself (archive footage)
Richard Drewitt ... Himself - Associate Producer (as Richard Drewett)
Alexander Welles ... Special Participant (as Sasa Devcic)
Gary Graver ... Special Participant

Andrés Vicente Gómez ... Special Participant (as Andres Vincente Gomez)
Julio Palinkas ... Special Participant
Christian Odasso ... Special Participant
Françoise Widhoff ... Special Participant (as Françoise Widoff)

Peter Bogdanovich ... Special Participant (voice)
William Alland ... Special Participant (voice)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Don Ameche ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Jean-Pierre Aumont ... Himself (uncredited)

Directed by
Orson Welles 
Writing credits
Orson Welles (writer)

Oja Kodar  uncredited

Produced by
François Reichenbach .... executive producer
Dominique Antoine .... producer (uncredited)
Richard Drewitt .... associate producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Michel Legrand 
Cinematography by
François Reichenbach 
Film Editing by
Marie-Sophie Dubus 
Dominique Engerer 
Orson Welles (uncredited)
Sound Department
Paul Bertault .... sound mixer
Camera and Electrical Department
Gary Graver .... photographer: USA and Toussaint
Christian Odasso .... photographer: France and Ibiza
Georges Pierre .... still photographer (uncredited)
R. Michael Stringer .... gaffer (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Dominique Boischot .... assistant editor
Anne-Marie Engerer .... assistant editor
Elisabeth Moulinier .... assistant editor
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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"About Fakes" - International (English title) (copyright title), International (English title) (working title)
"Truths and Lies" - International (English title) (literal title)
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89 min
Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

An excerpt of Welles' legendary 1930s 'War of the Worlds' broadcast was recreated for this film; however none of the dialogue heard in the movie actually matches what was originally radio broadcast.See more »
Factual errors: The word "practitioners" is misspelled "practioners" in the opening credits.See more »
Orson Welles:[quoting a phenomenal art forger] Do you think I should confess? To what? Committing masterpieces?See more »
Movie Connections:
References Love in the City (1953)See more »


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12 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
Incredible, 9 October 2002
Author: funkyfry from Oakland CA

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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