A documentary about fraud and fakery.
A documentary about fraud and fakery.
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.
I don't know why I thought this was a good idea to watch while drunk, I felt lost dizzzy confused excited it was a real adventure
Orson Welles käsittelee vähän koko feikkiyden konseptia aiheelle omistetussa dokkarissaan, jossa yhtenä pääviettinä on taitelijoiden töiden jäljittelijän ja näistä jäljittelijöistä kirjan kirjoittaneen niinikään itsekin jäljittelijäksi paljastuneen miehen tarinoiden puinti. Welles puhelee kameralla siitä kuinka kaikki on feikkiä ja feikkiyden eri asteista ja puolista velmusti virnuillen ja koko juttu on toteutettu hyvinkin kevyellä ja leikittelevällä otteella, editoinnin merkityksen lopputulokselle näkyen selkeästi. Dokumentintekoa viihdyttävimmillään ja lyhyessä kestossa aihetta ehditään käsitellä tarpeeksi monelta puolelta, vaikka parrakkaan Wellesin selittelyt olisivatkin kaivanneet etenkin loppupuolella pientä suodatinta.
Anytime I read about Orson Welles, anytime I watch something of Orson Welles I am inspired and amazed. I mean, he wanted to do Hardcore Henry in the 1930s!
Love watching this dude eat
i loved it, a perfect film
Orson is love, Orson is life.
Best film essay ever?
This is a glorious paean to editing as a tool for misdirection, and as a vector for Welles to hold forth, clearly to his own delight.
"Wellesian tomfoolery," to quote Leonard Maltin, though I mean it as a compliment.
This film is great i really enjoyed every part of it. The story of art forgery and fakes in general is captivating and the narration and explanations really hold onto your interest throughout the film. The way everything is structured is great, giving the film a great flow as one part will easily leads into the next part of Welles's constantly unraveling mystery. Every time Welles tells an anecdote it is interesting. This film is not just about fakes but also about Orson Welles life and the people he has met