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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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Director:
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:
2 wins See more »
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nothing is real See more (45 total) »

Cast

  (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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Runtime:
89 min
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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 the actor Don Ameche.See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: The word "practitioners" is misspelled "practioners" in the opening credits.See more »
Quotes:
Orson Welles:[quoting a phenomenal art forger] Do you think I should confess? To what? Committing masterpieces?See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Brunnen (2005)See more »

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10 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
nothing is real, 27 May 2011
Author: Lee Eisenberg (lee.eisenberg.pdx@gmail.com) from Portland, Oregon, USA

Orson Welles's final completed movie deals with fakery, and in particular with two of the most notorious forgers of the twentieth century. "F is for Fakes" (also called "F for Fake") is not really a movie or documentary as much as a look at how we interpret art, and what we WANT to interpret about anything that is essentially fake. Welles proudly calls himself a charlatan while performing magic tricks and coming up with all sorts of ways to play with the audience. I personally had never heard of Elmyr de Hory until watching this, but Welles turns him into a very interesting person.

All in all, the director known as a boy genius had a fine end to his career. Welles created a truly mind-bending look at the concept of art. The fact that the movie came out around the time that Clifford Irving's scandal broke (he wrote a forged biography of Howard Hughes) certainly adds to the documentary's quality. Can there truly be any more definite reality left in the world?

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