Orson Welles's F for Fake

DVD - 2005
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Orson Welles's F for Fake
Trickery. Deceit. Magic. In this free-form documentary, the legendary filmmaker gleefully engages the central preoccupation of his career - the tenuous line between truth and illusion, art and lies.

Published: [United States] : Criterion Collection, c2005.
ISBN: 9780780030022
Branch Call Number: DVD 001.95 ORS
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (88 min.) :,sd., col. ;,4 3/4 in.
Alternate Title: F for fake [videorecording]


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May 21, 2013
  • a_esquimaux rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

After years of dragging my non-filmgeek friends/girlfriends into Orson Welles movies with me, it occurred to me that the main gripe your average movie-goer has against his films is that they're "interesting for the sake of being interesting" as the most common reactions seem to fall along the lines of: "there was just too much going on, it lost me" or "it was cool, but what was the point". This, more than any other of his films, most definitely fits that bill. Less a documentary than a rumination on the evaluation of art; "If a faker fools an expert, then who's really doing the faking?" is the central question this film essay poses. Great documentary on second disk for all you Orson-heads!

Dec 24, 2011
  • hgibbins rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

Very strange movie. I only got about 1/2 way through it, before I gave up trying to figure it out. If you have an in depth knowledge of the Howard Hughes story this would likely make a lot more sense, but I don't.


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