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F for Fake

Orson Welles

 
F for Fake (Criterion DVD)

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2 Discs

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

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.

Disc Features

SPECIAL EDITION DOUBLE-DISC SET

  • New, restored high-definition digital transfer
    Audio commentary by star and co-writer Oja Kodar and director of photography Gary Graver
  • Introduction by director Peter Bogdanovich
  • Orson Welles: One-Man Band, an 88-minute documentary from 1995 about Welles’s unfinished projects
  • Almost True: The Noble Art of Forgery, a 52-minute documentary from 1997 about art forger Elmyr de Hory
  • A 2000 60 Minutes interview with Clifford Irving about his Howard Hughes autobiography hoax
  • A 1972 Hughes press conference exposing Irving’s hoax
  • Extended nine-minute trailer
  • English subtitles for the deaf and hearing impaired
  • Plus: A new essay by film critic Jonathan Rosenbaum

    New cover by Neil Kellerhouse

Film Essays

Orson Welles’s Purloined Letter: F For Fake

By Jonathan RosenbaumApril 25, 2005

There were plenty of advantages to living in Paris in the early 1970s, especially if one was . . . 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 »


Film Essays

Orson Welles’s Purloined Letter: F For Fake

By Jonathan RosenbaumApril 25, 2005

There were plenty of advantages to living in Paris in the early 1970s, especially if one was . . . Read more »