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F for Fake (1973)

A documentary about fraud and fakery.

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Clifford Irving ...
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Edith Irving ...
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David Walsh ...
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Richard Wilson ...
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Himself (archive footage)
Richard Drewitt ...
Himself - Associate Producer (as Richard Drewett)
Alexander Welles ...
Special Participant (as Sasa Devcic)
Gary Graver ...
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Storyline

Orson Welles' free-form documentary about fakery focusses on the notorious art forger Elmyr de Hory and Elmyr's biographer, Clifford Irving, who also wrote the celebrated fraudulent Howard Hughes autobiography, then touches on the reclusive Hughes and Welles' own career (which started with a faked resume and a phony Martian invasion). On the way, Welles plays a few tricks of his own on the audience. Written by Anonymous

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Trivia

Actress Oja Kodar, who appears in a muse-like fashion in this film, was Welles' real-life girlfriend at the time. See more »

Goofs

The word "practitioners" is misspelled "practioners" in the opening credits. See more »

Quotes

Orson Welles: Like all Hungarians, he told the best Hungarian jokes. The omelet, you know that, don't you? Sure. It's a classic. It's in our Hungarian cookbook. To make an omelet, it says, first: steal an egg.
Elmyr de Hory: Well, naturally. To be Hungarian, it is not a nationality, it is a profession.
Orson Welles: But the truth about Hungarians, which they do try to cover up, is that they are not any more crooked than the rest of us. But not the way they like to tell it! Of all the Hungarian friends I've ever had, I can't remember one...
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Thoroughly "Modern" Art
4 March 1999 | by (Chicago, IL) – See all my reviews

F FOR FAKE is arguably Orson Welles's greatest film work. Just as CITIZEN KANE was exemplary of Baroque art, F FOR FAKE is the celluloid version of a Picasso painting.

And in the Modern world where truth is relative, and art is subjective, Welles forces us to ask -- "When the authority says fake is real, what is real and what is fake?"

This film works on many, many levels. Pure, unadulterated genius.


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