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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 Rosenbaum October 21, 2014

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

Interviews


Film Essays

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F for Fake: Orson Welles’s Purloined Letter

By Jonathan Rosenbaum October 21, 2014

Ladies and gentlemen: an attempt to describe Welles’s indescribable bit of meta-movie magnificence. 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 new list of the fifty greatest documentaries of all time. As they explain in their introduction to the . . . Read more »


Video


Book Notes

Citizen and Father

November 11, 2009

When one thinks of Orson Welles, one can’t help but imagine a genius alone, monolithic—an image perhaps fostered by his greatest creation, the colossus Citizen Kane. Yet as the new book In My . . . Read more »