F For Fake

Synopsis: Trickery. Deceit. Magic. In Orson Welles’ 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 goes on a dizzying cinematic journey that simultaneously exposes and revels in fakery and fakers of all stripes-not the least of which is Welles himself. Charming and inventive, F for Fake is an inspired examination of the essential duplicity of cinema.
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F For Fake 7.5

Welles’ documentary on art forgery is entertaining and informative, even if it was made rather loosely. There are a couple of twists and turns along the way, but, sadly, I saw them coming. Oh well. It was still worth seeing 🙂

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