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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
  • 87 minutes
  • Color
  • 1.66:1
  • English
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  • Spine #288

Trickery. Deceit. Magic. In F for Fake, a free-form documentary by Orson Welles, the legendary filmmaker (and self-described charlatan) gleefully reengages with the central preoccupation of his career: the tenuous line 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, restored digital transfer, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
  • Audio commentary from 2005 by cowriter and star Oja Kodar and director of photography Gary Graver
  • Introduction from 2005 by filmmaker Peter Bogdanovich
  • 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
  • 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

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

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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 »