Orson Welles's F for Fake [2 Discs] [Criterion Collection]

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The final directorial project the legendary Orson Welles completed during his lifetime, F for Fake is less a documentary than an example of cinematic free association on the topic of trickery. Much of the film is in fact drawn from other sources, most notably an unfinished documentary by Francois Reichenbach on the notorious Elmyr de Hory, whose extremely skillful forgeries of famous paintings caused scandals amongst art collectors and experts. In an additional bit of irony, de Hory's interviewer is author Clifford Irving, who became infamous due to a forgery of his own: a falsified autobiography of Howard Hughes. Welles openly re-edits and manipulates this footage, using it as a spine for his own commentary, arguing that there is an extremely close relationship between art and lying, and citing instances from his own career to prove the point. Through a combination of documentary and staged footage, Welles attempts to illustrate the artifice behind all filmmaking, even that of a supposedly non-fiction variety. ~ Judd Blaise, Rovi

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Release Date
4/26/05 
Studio
Criterion
MPAA Rating
PG -- Parental guidance suggested
Length
88
Sound
  • Dolby Digital Mono
Subtitles
  • English
Video Features
  • 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
  • Extended nine-minute trailer
  • "Orson Welles: One-Man Band" (1995), an 88-minute documentary about Welles' unfinished projects
  • "Almost True: The Noble Art of Forgery" (1997), a 52-minute documentary about art forger Elmyr de Hory
  • A 60 Minutes interview with Clifford Irving, from 2000, about his Howard Hughes autobiography hoax
  • A 1972 Hughes press conference exposing Irving's hoax
  • Plus: A new essay by film critic Jonathan Rosenbaum
Number of Discs
2

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