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

Jean-Pierre Aumont ... Himself (uncredited)
Elmyr de Hory ... Himself (uncredited)

Laurence Harvey ... Himself (uncredited)
Clifford Irving ... Himself (uncredited)
Nina van Pallandt ... Herself (uncredited)
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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:
"Vérités et mensonges" - France (original title)
"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:
Color (Eastmancolor)
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Trivia:
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 actor Don Ameche.See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: The word "practitioners" is misspelled "practioners" in the opening credits.See more »
Quotes:
Orson Welles:Ladies and gentleman, by way of introduction, this is a film about trickery, fraud, about lies. Tell it by the fireside or in a marketplace or in a movie, almost any story is almost certainly some kind of lie. But not this time. This is a promise. For the next hour, everything you hear from us is really true and based on solid fact.See more »
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25 out of 28 people found the following review useful.
The masterful legacy of the man who changed the history of modern cinema, 17 September 2000
Author: Marc-31 from Barcelona, Spain

"F for fake" stands for the last movie Orson Welles really directed and, as for many artistic legacies it's the final demonstration of the genius of the artist, becoming some kind of briefing of his entire career.

It's hard to explain this movie and why I really enjoyed because, as many other Welles's movies, it's full of surprises and twists.

Filmed as a Documentary, this film introduces us the personae of Elmyr, a painter who lives out of painting copies of famous pictures of Van Gogh, Picasso, Vlaminck and many others and making them look like they're the original one. Welles also introduces to us two more people; an actress and a biographer.

With many resemblances to Welles's own life, the director of such wonderful pieces as "Citizen Kane" and "Touch of Evil" plays with the audience some sort of magical trickery. What is real and what is not? If Elmyr is able to paint a perfect copy of a famous picture and fool the world greatest experts, is he as good artist as the originals he's copying?

Working as a perfect metaphore of Welles own experiences in art (he's not only been movie director but radio speaker and even painter) "F for Fake" remains as a perfect legacy of the ideas of one of the greatest and most gifted cinema artists. Don't miss it!

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