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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
Ladies and gentleman, by way of introduction, this is a film about trickery, fraud, about lies.
- Orson Welles
Oh Mr Welles you are a genius. It could very easily have slipped into self-indulgence and it's a work of genius that it doesn't. It's a film that points out the fallibility of so called art appraisers, so many examples are given of professionals incorrectly recognising originals and fakes. We have to question to what degree we should value an original over an exact copy, after all, they both look the same so what's the difference?
For lack of a better description, F for Fake is essentially a film about fraud and fakery. Welles speaks to Elmyr de Hory and recounts…
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…
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.
I'd argue that this is Welles' best film. Ostensibly about an art forger and his biographer, also a faker, the film also includes tales from Welles' own life and the story of a model who Picasso painted numerous paintings of. It's an ode to fakers, mainly filmmakers. It revels in the glorious, inherent lie that exists within every movie and how they are made. It's also pretty damn entertaining, keeping it's intentions close to the chest through a masterclass of editing. The film is assembled from previous footage that was given to Welles and additional footage Welles shot. I can't think of a better film that just fucks with it's audience the entire time.
Sort of confusing & self-indulgent but have to admire the French New Wave-inspired editing & it's interesting to learn about art & artists in a cool, new light.
So delightful and fun and smart and all those things; though I do think it tapers a bit and the Oja bit feels silly when we go too long without Welles' baritone.
Film #19 of The December Challenge 2014...and it was damn intoxicating.
I'm on a small little Orson Welles binge at the moment. Can't get enough of that guy. I'm incredibly jealous of those who were able to just hang out with the guy, to be able to hear him tell stories. But, hey, this is pretty close. In F for Fake, Orson Welles tells us a complex, immensely interesting, true-life tale about forgers and forgeries of forgeries and so on and so forth. So how does Orson Welles do a documentary? Strangely, not at all like his other films...or is it?
Of course, in a documentary that he didn't really film, he didn't have control of the standard cinematic techniques,…
Welles' last released film is a mesmerizing pseudo-documentary with hyper-kinetic editing and layered ballyhoo. This first viewing left me dazed, and I think watching the movie a second time in the future would reveal much more. The segments on the Chartres Cathedral and the Picasso hoax stand out as some of the best moments in all of Welles' films.
It's been a couple of years, but I thought a second viewing would throw up all kinds of revelations and missed tricks. I left just as bewildered as last time.
I love F for Fake. It is a joyous hour and a half in the company of Orson Welles. It spends 90 minutes folding in on itself over and over, disappearing into something barely fathomable but never anything less than totally entertaining.
I still don't know who was real, though. I'm not sure Picasso was.
Also, Welles literally speaks to us from his editing room. It's just the best.
"He had to be charming, he was Hungarian."
Still not sure what i'm even seeing here.
The most postmodernist film I've ever seen.
#4 of Hulu Film Festival. Remind me again why Citizen Kane is regarded as Orson Welles' best film!? Tabloid and The Imposter should credit this film as a direct inspiration!
Relativism is beautiful. But is it art? This Orson Welles jazzy quasi-documentary film about art forgery is captivating. By offering full truths, part truths, and full blown spectacles of its own, Welles captures your attention and forces you to question the truth of art itself. Not only a must see for cinema connoisseurs and art aficionados, but a film that is riveting for all.
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