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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:
3 wins See more »
User Reviews:
What a fun film! See more (47 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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1.66 : 1 See more »
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Trivia:
Welles filmed a trailer that lasted for nine minutes and featured several shots of a topless Oja Kodar. The trailer was rejected by the US distributors.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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12 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
What a fun film!, 3 February 1999

Of the Orson Welles films I have seen, this has to be the most fun to watch. "F for Fake" is about an art forgerer and his biographer who was a forgerer himself. (He faked a biography about Howard Hughes.) What's great about the film is that Welles constantly keeps you guessing at what's real and what's fake and why at all that might be important. I also give Welles credit for pulling the greatest plot twist I have ever not seen coming. And this is a documentary! There's not supposed to be a plot, is there? (wink, wink) Giving the surprise away would ruin all of the fun. What I can say is that you should find this somewhat rare film and watch it with a clock close by.

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