F for Fake

F for Fake

Directed by Orson Welles • 1975 • France, Iran, Germany

Trickery. Deceit. Magic. In F for Fake, a free-form sort-of documentary by Orson Welles, the legendary filmmaker (and self-described charlatan) gleefully reengages with the central preoccupation of his career: the tenuous lines between illusion and truth, art and lies. Beginning with portraits of the world-renowned art forger Elmyr de Hory and his equally devious biographer, Clifford Irving, Welles embarks on a dizzying journey that simultaneously exposes and revels in fakery and fakers of all stripes, not the least of whom is Welles himself. Charming and inventive, F for Fake is an inspired prank and a clever examination of the essential duplicity of cinema.

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F for Fake
  • F for Fake

    Directed by Orson Welles • 1975 • France, Iran, Germany

    Trickery. Deceit. Magic. In F for Fake, a free-form sort-of documentary by Orson Welles, the legendary filmmaker (and self-described charlatan) gleefully reengages with the central preoccupation of his career: the tenuous lines between il...

Extras

  • F FOR FAKE Commentary

    Recorded in 2004 and 2005, this audio commentary features F FOR FAKE star and coauthor Oja Kodar and director of photography Gary Graver.

  • Peter Bogdanovich

    This introduction by filmmaker and writer Peter Bogdanovich was recorded in 2005.

  • Orson Welles: One-Man Band

    Orson Welles completed eleven feature films as a director and left behind countless fragments of his work in front of and behind the camera. He gave these bits and pieces to his companion, Oja Kodar, who joined with filmmakers Vassili Silovic and Roland Zag to create this remarkable 1995 film, mo...

  • Almost True: The Noble Art of Forgery

    This documentary, made in 1997 by Yellow Cottage Productions for the Norwegian Film Institute, is the film F FOR FAKE might have been had director Orson Welles played it straight. With investigative zeal, it tracks the career and claims of art forger Elmyr de Hory, from the cloudy circumstances o...

  • Howard Hughes Press Conference

    In F FOR FAKE, director Orson Welles uses excerpts from a 1972 press conference that Howard Hughes conducted, by telephone, in order to discredit the Clifford Irving “autobiography” of him. In the following piece, audio of Hughes’s answers is accompanied by text of the reporters’ questions.