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F for Fake
A documentary about fraud and fakery.
In 1977 when I was living in Orson Welles' garage, he let me watch his personal print of F for Fake. Here is an excerpt from the review I published at the time: img18.imageshack.us/img18/2886/rd1h.jpg
The silver screen. The projector lights up and we tune in. Visuals, sound, and collective communion flow out of the screen like an intense heat wave. These images, these feelings, these ideas; how real are they really? The cinema has always been praised for its spectacular bursts of originality and imagination, carrying the worries, pains, and troubles of the audience away into a clouded fog, a fog that vanishes simultaneously along with the remembrance of reality.
However, what if the fog itself is an illusion, crumbling the very fabric of the cinema into a dusty whiff of salty popcorn? Orson Welles' F for Fake doesn't just tear the concept of deception to shreds, but it also assembles a new form;…
Well. Uh... This was a documentary.
My brain is fucked
I think maybe we – collectively, as a species – need to come to terms with the idea that Orson Welles was the best person ever.
He speaks with import but without arrogance. He's brilliant, he KNOWS he's brilliant, but he behaves as though you're on the same page. He gives you that credit, and not to embarrass you. He's the antithesis of pretension. "I began at the top, and I've been working my way down ever since," he says in this, his final film. That's still a mighty high bar.
F for Fake is the most unconventional and fascinating documentaries I've ever seen. Orson Welles uses a fractured narrative combined with dazzling illusions and intricate interviews to weave a complex tale of blurring the lines. Magic, forgery, fraud, everything false is covered and dissected in this short but very real documentary. Welles utilizes certain stories of historical figures to help blur reality into his story as well, providing an edifying history lesson that is equally entertaining. A dizzying carnival fun house of trickery and documentary.
Still an enthralling trap door of a film, dropping the viewer into a haunting labyrinth of soothing narration, entrancing imagery and magical poetry. Worth watching just to witness the stream of impressions flash by like a scattering family of rabbits.
F for Fake [2.5/4]
- It makes interesting points about the place honesty and sincerity has in art, and what kind of obligations exist between an artist and their work and the people who view, and sometimes it's very profound (one scene regarding a chapel that covers how artists die, but their material lives on, is very powerful). But overall I just didn't find the subject matter that interesting.
I thought the themes were overshadowed by the laborious amount of detail regarding the "case." The main storyline wasn't nearly as interesting as the idea it was asserting (or not really asserting but moreso kind of gently pushing forward with the tip of it's shoe), and I think it would have…
Orson Welles has a rare ability to make an interesting film with so little material. Yet, this film is full of the tiny dream-like sequences that add an additional value to the stories of great forgers, including Welles himself.
I'm not going to write this and pretend I personally felt this was perfect, but that's not to say I feel this does not contain masterful moments. Orson Welles's documentary or simple reckonings on life and fakery is a movie that is an odd experience, at one moment it feels all about art in paint form and then art in Orson's own form and his own career.
The film is not one for everyone that must be said, its style could become almost sickly to some. Its sound mixing although excellent and a highlight for me, is something that can become repetitive, and if you don't enjoy Orson and his musings on various things involved here, well you are not…
"For instance that the author of "Fake", a book about a faker, was himself a faker, and the author of a fake, to end all fakes"
I cannot even handle more of this right now. Orson Welles is the greatest magician that ever lived, i mean, his rhetoric is not of this earth. These sentences do not have a place among us living. This is not a movie, this is a brilliant essay accompanied by incredible footage, mindblowing editing, and hands down, the best narration ever put to screen, courtesy of Welles himself.
I couldnt even tell you what this movie was about if you asked me. But i have never seen anything like this, and i very much doubt there ever will be anything like it. This is unique, and perfect. Orson Welles is perfection.
A dizzying, witty paean to fraud, forgery and fiction, F For Fake is an essential piece of cinema, serving as Welles's last great work even as it pushed the documentary form into new directions. I'm frankly embarrassed it took me so long to watch it.
The usage of altering a documentary's footage in order to manipulate the audience may be one of the most brilliant concepts from a predictably ingenious Orson Welles. I'd say it's magnum opus level, but where can one draw the line with such a filmmaker? Excellent writing, directing, and acting. Maybe the bigger theme could use a tick or two to make it perfect, but where nothing can be, it comes pretty damn close.
I could probably listen to Orson Welles voice till the day I die.
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It's more of an Orson Welles victory lap than it is a swan song, but F for Fake presents the filmmaker at his most playful and passionate. Using the best editing to ever grace cinema, Welles crafts a spellbinding tale of forgery, revealing how lies are rooted in truth. He weaves together stories about various icons from Hughes to Picasso to himself, forming a fabric where everything is interrelated and nothing is real. It's impossible to take one's eyes off the screen, each frame serving a purpose and further deepening the illusion inherent to the medium of film itself. The binary of reality and artifice disappears before our very eyes, as Welles's deep baritone carries us through eighty-eight minutes of…
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