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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
Well. Uh... This was a documentary.
My brain is fucked
I started at the top and have been working my way down ever since.
I couldn't understand why people would call this a "film essay" as apposed to a documentary. Now that I've seen it, I clearly understand the distinction, but I'll be damned if I could explain it to anyone. It's less a documentary and more like overhearing a conversation at a party. You have Orson Welles telling you a story, almost as it comes to him, in the most entertaining way he knows how.
The film really does feel like a half hazard conversation that Welles is telling you as he remembers random facts, but it's too expertly put together to REALLY be so random. Sure…
Deception. Illusion. Fakery
FINISHED FILES ARE THE RE-
SULT OF YEARS OF SCIENTIF-
IC STUDY COMBINED WITH THE
EXPERIENCE OF YEARS.
How many F's are there?
Most people see 3, but there are actually 6.
F for Fake could be classified as convoluted, complicated or confusing. Yeah, whatever. It's compelling and is confusing for the most part, especially the first hour. Frantic and all over the place and beautifully done in every way. A tangled mess for some, but an enthralling and undeniable masterpiece for others. I am one of those others. Editing is above and beyond what it could have been and is nothing short of extraordinary. A story of the art of fake art and the fakers behind the fake art. "The Act of Faking"? Easily my favorite "documentary". Wonder how it will work on re-watches. You got me, Mr. Welles. You got me good. You and your fantastic voice, that of which rivals Liam Neeson's.
Fake suckas be bluffing.
If there is absolutely nothing else to take away from this film but the fact that it is a masterclass in editing, that would be more than enough to walk away with fulfilled. You could actually not pay any mind at all to the words being said, just letting the amalgam of sight and sound wash over you, and it would still be a thrill.
I honestly thought it was fictional for the first twenty minutes or so, until Welles brought up his radio beginnings and Citizen Kane. Then again, maybe it was. I seriously don't know anymore. Did Citizen Kane actually happen, or was it only made with the foresight that it would fit in with the many hoaxes…
Take notes, Chad.
THIS is how you troll an audience.
you just gotta let orson take you on a ride
Anyone that loves The Jinx owes a huge debt to Welles here. What an interesting, weird little film, I'm so glad I watched it.
You made this? I made this.
I first watched this probably almost ten years ago when I was really into reading/watching anything I could about hoaxes/cons/magicians, as probably many 21 year olds do. And hey, Criterion, Orson Welles, sign me up!
Watching it now for only the second time, it all started to come back to me. Right. I really liked the idea of this more than the final thing. The "women watching" unfinished documentary is so good, and I liked the entire breakdown/loose format of the "factual hour" of the primary purpose of this film's existence... but man, not sure if it was because I was watching this at 1:30 in the morning, but that final act on the park bench about fake grandfathers and Picasso... it loses me every time.
It's pretty, but is it art?
‘F for Fake’ is interesting in its more sullen, reflective moments, but I don't think this has aged as well as it could have, otherwise. Its kitschy, jazz-inspired editing rhythms are a lot of hand waving and repetition. Don't get me wrong, hand waving and repetition are the essence of a lot of ILLUSIONS, Michael, but Welles clearly felt a compulsion to make something desperately witty and stylish. The thing is, Welles in his 1973 form already is those things. That push makes the movie feel like being trapped in an elaborate dinner anecdote.
I’ll leave you with Orson Welles soundalike Ken Nordine and
his rendition of ‘Maroon’.
"Almost any story is almost certainly some kind of lie."
"When the Devil mutters behind the leaves: "It's pretty, but is it art?"
A genre blurring masterpiece of film from Orson Welles.
An impish confection.
If I could have dinner with any Orson Welles, I'd want to have dinner with F for Fake Orson Welles. Dude casually orders steak au poivre on a whim after powering through a huge bowl of mussels, and in an earlier scene (while he's narrating his own film from a restaurant table), he's served a lobster the size of a Labrador Retriever.
One gets the sense that, for Welles, everything was a meal: to savor, to overindulge in, to share.
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