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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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Writer:
Orson Welles (writer)
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Release Date:
12 March 1975 (France) See more »
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Plot:
A documentary about fraud and fakery. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Orson Welles ... Himself
Oja Kodar ... The Girl

Joseph Cotten ... Special Participant
François Reichenbach ... Special Participant
Richard Wilson ... Special Participant

Paul Stewart ... Special Participant
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)
Elmyr de Hory ... Himself (uncredited)

Laurence Harvey ... Himself (uncredited)
Clifford Irving ... Himself (uncredited)
Nina van Pallandt ... Herself (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)
"Truths and Lies" - International (English title) (literal title)
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Runtime:
USA:89 min
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Color (Eastmancolor)
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Trivia:
Actress Oja Kodar, who appears in a muse-like fashion in this film, was Welles' real-life girlfriend at the time.See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: 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 who didn't want me to think of him as a king of con-men.
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19 out of 28 people found the following review useful.
Thoroughly "Modern" Art, 4 March 1999
Author: fideist from Chicago, IL

F FOR FAKE is arguably Orson Welles's greatest film work. Just as CITIZEN KANE was exemplary of Baroque art, F FOR FAKE is the celluloid version of a Picasso painting.

And in the Modern world where truth is relative, and art is subjective, Welles forces us to ask -- "When the authority says fake is real, what is real and what is fake?"

This film works on many, many levels. Pure, unadulterated genius.

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