F FOR FAKE

Director Orson Welles
Year 1973
Starring Orson Welles, Elmyr de Hory, Clifford Irving, Oja Kodar
Run Time 89min
More Info IMDb

Screening in 35mm as part of the series THE MAGNIFICENT ORSON WELLES!

In F FOR FAKE, self-described charlatan and amateur magician Orson Welles gleefully explores the tenuous line between truth and lies, art and illusion, essentially inventing a new genre of essay filmmaking in the process.

Beginning with portraits of world-renowned art forger Elmyr de Hory and his equally devious biographer, Clifford Irving, Welles creates a brilliant cinematic essay that simultaneously exposes and revels in fakery and fakers of all stripes—not the least of whom is Welles himself. Interweaving anecdotes about Howard Hughes's hidden sandwiches, an entire period of lost Picasso works, his own War of the Worlds broadcast, and the anonymous creators of the Chartres Cathedral, Welles turns F FOR FAKE itself into an elaborate illusion that speaks to Picasso's famous saying: "Art is a lie that makes us realize the truth."

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