F FOR FAKE (Orson Welles)

A giddying whirlwind of images, mixing documentary and fiction, F for Fake is the last film Orson Welles was able to complete, and stands as one of his greatest and most unique achievements.

ABOUT THE FILM

Trickery. Deceit. Magic. In Orson Welles’s free-form documentary F for Fake, the legendary filmmaker (and self-described charlatan) gleefully engages the central preoccupation of his career—the tenuous line between truth and illusion, art and lies. Beginning with portraits of world-renowned art forger Elmyr de Hory and his equally devious biographer, Clifford Irving, Welles embarks on a dizzying cinematic 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 searching examination of the essential duplicity of cinema.
– Criterion Collection

A giddying whirlwind of images, mixing documentary and fiction, F for Fake is the last film Orson Welles was able to complete, and stands as one of his greatest and most unique achievements.

Date: April 11, 2014