F for Fake (The Criterion Collection)
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- Video Introduction by director Peter Bogdanovich
- Audio commentary featuring director of photography Gary Graver
- Orson Welles: One-Man Band (1988), an hour-long investigation of Welles's unfinished projects
- Almost True, a 1992 Norwegian Film Institute documentary on art forger Elmyr de Hory
- 10-minute trailer
- New essay by critic Jonathan Rosenbaum
Top Customer Reviews
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.
The last major film Orson Welles completed, "F for Fake" is a hidden, seldom seen (except by Welles fans, which I am happy to declare myself) seventies classic that examines truth and fiction in documentary. Welles's channels his ability to be ahead of the curve. The film has a dual focus: one upon art forger Elmyr de Hory's amazing career; and another bolstered by a then-timely portrait, ever skewed, of Howard Hughs's "hoax-biographer" Clifford Irving, who set in stone the image of Hugh's decline and fall as a hirsuite, bearded OCD-riddled oddity.
For Welles's admirers, it seems there are those who love "Citizen Kane," and "The Magnificent Ambersons" and perhaps "Touch of Evil" only, and those who value "Chimes at Midnight," "Othello," and others that reveal an artist who had not peaked in his first efforts but continued to evolve throughout his amazing career.
Like Gaddis's great, labyrinthine American novel, "The Recognitions," "F Is for Fake" addresses many of the same questions, at a small, breezy 87 minute pace, and served as the film I kept checking out from university libraries when I hauled around Gaddis's entertaining if massive sprawling tome of a novel.
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.
Whilst being a fan of Criterion , I certainly do not buy all their releases , as I don't have that much disposable income .
Also , some of the films are not to my taste .
I don't wish to view a film simply because it is well regarded by critics , among other reasons .
Being a Welles fan and owning some of the Criterion Welles laserdiscs , I was very keen to own their first Welles-directed DVD . I was not disappointed .
This film is of its own genre and is interesting because of Welles's appreach - the film seems to have a personality itself . It is by no means serious - I find it fascinating in parts . Subjects like fakes and fraudulence need to be explored . Some great points are made about the art world and its pretensions , which I really enjoyed .
The documentary about Welles's unfinished projects is worth the price on its own , so if you don't like the film buy it for that feature .
This DVD comes highly recommended , to say the least.
It is not on the same level as other Welles films , but it is worth your while if you are a fan .
F for Fake playfully utilizes every single scene while maximizing the symbolic value of words, images, and behavior among the individuals portrayed in the film. These scenes offer several representational impressions to the audience, as Welles' meticulous editing seems to have the same meaning a typewriter has to a writer. In this sense, F for Fake does not offer a conventional film or documentary, as Welles uses both authentic film clips edited with stage performances. Instead, Welles advocates his ideas in neither a fictionalized nor a non-documentary manner, as he fuses these two into a notion of deceit, forgery, trickery, and any other way that could deceive the audience.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is truly a one of a kind movie! Welles was a genius and this movie proves it I think. It's so different but if you listen to what he's saying, it's incredibly thought... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Luke Ulbrich
This film/documentary/cinema slight-of-hand is an interesting piece from Orson Welles during his period of "European Exile". Hollywood be damned! Read morePublished 7 months ago by Stephen C.
Genius is a word that gets thrown around a lot in reference to Mr Welles. Because it's true. F for Fake is my favorite of his work.Published 8 months ago by Timothy
Fantastic movie brought to life by the best film transfers that only the people over at Criterion could offer.Published 13 months ago by Doug DeCocq
A Great documentary,Orson Welles does a great film about forgery.Published 14 months ago by M. R. sussek
One of the great tragedies of American Cinema is that Orson Welles did not get the opportunity to make more films. Another great tragedy is that many have not seen this one. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Roger A. Reed
If you love films that challenge you to see the world differently, then this one is for you. I would argue that this is Welles at the height of his craft, calling out and exposing... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Jordan Brady