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Orson Welles's F for Fake

(DVD - 2005)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Orson Welles's F for Fake
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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.
Title: Orson Welles's F for fake
[videorecording]
Published: [United States] : Criterion Collection, c2005.
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (88 min.) :,sd., col. ;,4 3/4 in.
Notes: Special features: "Orson Welles: one-man band" (1995), an 88-minute documentary about Welles's unfinished projects; "Almost true: the noble art of forgery" (1997), a 52-minute documentary about art forger Elmyr de Hory; a "60 minutes" interview with Clifford Irving, from 2000, about his Howard Hughes autobiography hoax; a 1972 Hughes press conference exposing Irving's hoax; a new essay by film critic Jonathan Rosenbaum.
Originally produced as motion picture in 1972.
Summary: 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.
Local Note: 1 3
Alternate Title: F for fake [videorecording]
ISBN: 9780780030022
0780030028
Branch Call Number: DVD 001.95 ORS
Statement of Responsibility: Les Films de L'Astrophore
Credits: Director of photography, Gary Graver ; written by Orson Welles and Oja Kodar; Directed by Peter Bogdanovich.
Performers: Orson Welles, Oja Kodar, Elmyr de Hory, Clifford Irving, Edith Irving, Laurence Harvey, other featured performers.
System Details: DVD.
Other Language: Closed-captioned for the hearing impaired.
Subject Headings: Art Forgeries Video recordings. Art forgers Video recordings. Impostors and imposture Video recordings.
Genre/Form: Video recordings for the hearing impaired.
Documentary films.
Experimental films.
Topical Term: Art
Art forgers
Impostors and imposture
Publisher No: 288
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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!

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