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F for Fake (1973)

A documentary about fraud and fakery.

Directors:

Orson Welles, Gary Graver (uncredited) | 2 more credits »

Writer:

Orson Welles
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Orson Welles ... Self - Narrator (voice)
Oja Kodar ... Self - The Girl
François Reichenbach François Reichenbach ... Self - Special Participant
Elmyr de Hory ... Self
Clifford Irving ... Self
Laurence Harvey ... Self
Edith Irving Edith Irving ... Self
David Walsh David Walsh ... Self
Paul Stewart ... Self - Special Participant
Richard Wilson Richard Wilson ... Self - Special Participant
Joseph Cotten ... Self - Special Participant
Howard Hughes ... Self (archive footage)
Richard Drewett Richard Drewett ... Self - Associate Producer
Alexander 'Sasha' Welles Alexander 'Sasha' Welles ... Self (as Sasa Devcic)
Gary Graver Gary Graver ... Special Participant
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Storyline

Orson Welles' free-form documentary about fakery focusses on the notorious art forger Elmyr de Hory and Elmyr's biographer, Clifford Irving, who also wrote the celebrated fraudulent Howard Hughes autobiography, then touches on the reclusive Hughes and Welles' own career (which started with a faked resume and a phony Martian invasion). On the way, Welles plays a few tricks of his own on the audience. Written by Anonymous

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Documentary

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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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

The word "practitioners" is misspelled "practioners" in the opening credits. See more »

Quotes

Orson Welles: With your permission, a bit of verse by Kipling: When first the flush of a new-born sun fell on the green and gold / Our father Adam sat under the tree and scratched with a stick in the mold / And the first rude sketch that the world had seen was joy to his mighty heart / Till the Devil whispered behind the leaves, 'It's pretty, but is it Art?'
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The masterful legacy of the man who changed the history of modern cinema
17 September 2000 | by Marc AmbitSee all my reviews

"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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Country:

France | Iran | West Germany

Language:

English | French | Spanish

Release Date:

12 March 1975 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Ibiza, Balearic Islands, Spain See more »

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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$10,206
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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