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F for Fake (1973)

A documentary about fraud and fakery.

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

Writer:

Orson Welles
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Orson Welles ... Himself - Narrator (voice)
Oja Kodar ... Herself - The Girl
François Reichenbach François Reichenbach ... Himself - Special Participant
Elmyr de Hory ... Himself
Clifford Irving ... Himself
Laurence Harvey ... Himself
Edith Irving Edith Irving ... Herself
David Walsh David Walsh ... Himself
Paul Stewart ... Himself - Special Participant
Richard Wilson Richard Wilson ... Himself - Special Participant
Joseph Cotten ... Himself - Special Participant
Howard Hughes ... Himself (archive footage)
Richard Drewitt Richard Drewitt ... Himself - Associate Producer (as Richard Drewett)
Alexander Welles Alexander Welles ... Special Participant (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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France | Iran | West Germany

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Release Date:

12 March 1975 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

F for Fake See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

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. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

The Girl: [Pretending to quote a conversation between herself and Picasso] The best critical opinion is a load of horse manure.
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nothing is real
27 May 2011 | by lee_eisenbergSee all my reviews

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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