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F for Fake

Orson Welles

 
F for Fake (Criterion Blu-Ray)

21 Oct 2014

Blu-Ray

1 Disc

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  • United States
  • 1975
  • 88 minutes
  • Color
  • 1.66:1
  • English
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  • Spine #288

Trickery. Deceit. Magic. In F for Fake, a free-form sort-of documentary by Orson Welles, the legendary filmmaker (and self-described charlatan) gleefully reengages with the central preoccupation of his career: the tenuous lines between illusion and truth, art and lies. Beginning with portraits of the world- renowned art forger Elmyr de Hory and his equally devious biographer, Clifford Irving, Welles embarks on a dizzying 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 clever examination of the essential duplicity of cinema.

Disc Features

  • New, high-definition digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • Audio commentary from 2005 by cowriter and star Oja Kodar and director of photography Gary Graver
  • Introduction from 2005 by filmmaker Peter Bogdanovich
  • Episode of the talk show Tomorrow from 1975 featuring an extensive interview with Welles
  • Orson Welles: One-Man Band, a documentary from 1995 about Welles’s unfinished projects
  • Almost True: The Noble Art of Forgery, a fifty-two-minute documentary from 1997 about art forger Elmyr de Hory
  • 60 Minutes interview from 2000 with Clifford Irving about his Howard Hughes autobiography hoax
  • Audio recording of Hughes’s 1972 press conference exposing Irving’s hoax
  • Extended, nine-minute trailer
  • PLUS: An essay by critic Jonathan Rosenbaum

    New cover by Neil Kellerhouse

Film Essays

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F for Fake: Orson Welles’s Purloined Letter

By Jonathan RosenbaumOctober 21, 2014

Ladies and gentlemen: an attempt to describe Welles’s indescribable bit of meta-movie . . . Read more »

Interviews


Film Essays

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F for Fake: Orson Welles’s Purloined Letter

By Jonathan RosenbaumOctober 21, 2014

Ladies and gentlemen: an attempt to describe Welles’s indescribable bit of meta-movie . . . Read more »


Clippings

Real Art

November 19, 2010

A whole bunch of questions arose when the critics at Time Out New York were compiling their . . . Read more »


Video


Clippings

Citizen and Father

November 11, 2009

When one thinks of Orson Welles, one can’t help but imagine a genius alone, monolithic—an . . . Read more »