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.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.1 out of 5
44 Ratings
44 Ratings

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Critics Consensus: F for Fake playfully poses intriguing questions while proving that even Orson Welles' minor works contain their share of masterful moments.

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Information

Studio
The Criterion Collection
Genre
Documentary
Released
Copyright
© 1975 Les Films de L'Astrophore.

Languages

Primary
English (Stereo)

Accessibility

SDH
Subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing refer to subtitles in the original language with the addition of relevant nondialogue information.

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