F for Fake (1973) Poster



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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.
Actress Oja Kodar, who appears in a muse-like fashion in this film, was Welles' real-life girlfriend at the time.
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.
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.
Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider.
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Appearing on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (1962) on Oct. 27, 1976, Orson Welles talked about this film prior to its U.S. release, and pulled the same practical joke on Johnny Carson that he does on the movie's audience. As Carson listened raptly, Welles told a truncated version of the story in the film about Pablo Picasso confronting an elderly forger who's faked a set of Picasso portraits, only to discover that the forger has destroyed the originals they were based on. Welles then yanked the rug out from under Carson by declaring the story itself to have been a "forgery," prompting the very amused host to remark, "You did a Pirandello on me, didn't you?"

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