F for Fake 1975 PG CC

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In Orson Welles's free-form documentary F for Fake, the legendary filmmaker gleefully engages the central preoccupation of his career--the tenuous line between truth and illusion, art and lies. 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.

Starring:
Orson Welles, Oja Kodar
Runtime:
1 hour 29 minutes

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F for Fake

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Product Details

Genres Documentary
Director Orson Welles
Starring Orson Welles, Oja Kodar
Supporting actors Joseph Cotten, François Reichenbach, Richard Wilson, Paul Stewart, Alexander Welles, Gary Graver, Andrés Vicente Gómez, Julio Palinkas, Christian Odasso, Françoise Widhoff, Peter Bogdanovich, William Alland, Jean-Pierre Aumont, Elmyr de Hory, Laurence Harvey, Clifford Irving, Nina van Pallandt
Studio The Criterion Collection
MPAA rating PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Rental rights 3-day viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

Customer Reviews

A great film by a master of the art!
Aldo Bender
This is nice of Mr. Welles, and if anyone knows about time, they will bear in mind the film runs longer than one hour.
rareoopdvds
It is regarded by many as the Best Film ever made.
Brad Baker

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51 of 54 people found the following review helpful By Ludix VINE VOICE on March 4, 2006
Format: DVD
I thoroughly enjoyed this amusing quasi-documentary. But then, I'd sit through 90 minutes of Orson Welles sitting in front of a white sheet talking about anything. Has there ever been a more spellbinding narrative voice? His voice-over for the trailer of STAR TREK: THE MOTION PICTURE made it sound like the Second Coming of Christ!

Some of the other reviewers here sound as if they could use some Ex-Lax. Chill out, will ya? This isn't supposed to be a profound statement. The old man's just having a little fun.

Having said this, I will immediately contradict myself by noting that the scene in which Welles ruminates on the longevity of art while contemplating Chartres Cathedral touched me deeply. In the context of his tattered career, and the ever-growing stature of his masterpiece CITIZEN KANE, it suggests that Welles at last attained some measure of peace with his life and achievements.

The DVD itself looks and sounds terrific.
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful By TUCO H. on August 28, 2000
Format: VHS Tape
Orson Welles' only color film is THE ULTIMATE PROOF OF 'MISE EN SCENE' HAPPENING AT THE EDITING STAGE. Most of this film was shot by Francois Reichenbach before Welles got involved with it. Reichenbach didn't know what to do with his footage--how to best put it all together--so he asked Welles, whom he greatly admired, to see what he could do. Welles shot some scenes featuring himself to go around the documentary footage, came up with a narrative concept and EDITED everthing. The result? WELLES' PERSONALITY TOOK OVER. This is unmistakably a film that only Orson Welles could make. Welles uses his ingenious narration and every trick known to film editing to weave a philosophical meditation on the nature of truth and lies that has DEEP universal significance, but also particularly applies to the nature of all 'ART-ifice.' It's a very intellectual as well as supremely entertaining film which requires at least 5 viewings to even begin to be appreciated.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Scott T. Rivers VINE VOICE on February 18, 2008
Format: VHS Tape
His last major work as a filmmaker, Orson Welles' "F for Fake" (1973) survives as a rough-edged yet provocative essay on the art of fraud. In this instance, we have three noted subjects: art forger extraordinaire Elmyr de Hory, Clifford Irving (the novelist who conned the world as Howard Hughes' "authorized biographer") and Welles himself. Editing plays a vital role as the Great Orson maintains his semi-documentary juggling act for 90 minutes. Fittingly enough, "F for Fake" reveals more about the creator of "Citizen Kane" than the minor curiosities he examines. Welles ends his cinematic odyssey with an affectionate wink.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By no longer a customer on January 2, 2000
Format: VHS Tape
With all the fury and venom expended on the question of what is art, this excellent film of Welles should be required viewing. Welles reminds us that, ultimately, the only art critic you need to worry about is yourself. Listen very carefully in this film to Welles recitation of Rudyard Kipling's poem; the crux of this film is contained in those lines. We are, each of us, Masters and Artists. What does it matter what anyone else thinks? Secondly, this film is also a little frightening. Almost 30 years after its making the tyranny of "experts" in everything from litigation to art continues to confound us. We continue to sacrifice common sense and our own autonomy to the "experts" . Finally, this film is just plain fun. Fake? EVERYTHING IS FAKE... everything is art... in spite of "experts".
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Meve on June 15, 2005
Format: DVD
I agree with most of the above but for me the best part of this excellent package is the "One Man Band" (Known in Europe as "The Lost Films Of Orson Welles".

It's an 88 minute look at a person truly in love with the art of movie making and I found it very touching and remarkable.

As an additional surprise some of the scraps of home shot movie included the finest acting I've seen from Welles. They also showed an acting range I had not realised he was capable of and hearing his offscreen direction of Oja was fascinating.

A very nice experience.

Marc
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful By MarianaP on December 2, 2003
Format: VHS Tape
There is no Orson Welles movie, no matter how influential and well regarded, that I love more than this master piece. This is Orson Welles at his best: just chating along in an entertaining, funny, witty, profound way, teaching you so much about himself, about humanity and about Life, as if it was just a walk in the park - he makes it look so easy to be a genius.
If I had to choose the proverbial film I would take with me to a deserted island, this would be the one. This is the guy I want to talk to forever if I'm ever allowed in whatever Paradise he's in now.
This is all anyone needs to love the movies and Orson Welles. It is the one that will convert you into thinking you can't really have one without the other.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Aldo Bender on May 12, 2007
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This film is perhaps my absolute favorite by Orson Welles as he co starred and edited this rather complex movie/documentary on forgers and the craft of forging. Set in far flung 70's hot spots such as Ibiza, Las Vegas, and Nassau, this film is carefully edited in such a way as to provide a fast paced, entertaining look into the seamy underside of the art and publishing worlds in the late 60's and early 70's. Welles even had the stones to include his mistress Oja Kodar as his co-star in his own piece of trickery as displayed in this fast paced masterpiece. This is a great film for anyone who watched Richard Gere in "The Hoax" and who would desire to know the real story of Clifford Irving. A great film by a master of the art!
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