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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.
There is so much perfection to this movie, but one thing that stuck out to me this time was how Welles creates a visual story using only photographs of Pablo Picasso and window blinds. It's stellar simplicity.
This is something I'm meant to rewatch, but EDITING
I think Orson Welles just changed my life
I loved it. I love Orson Welles. This is my fourth film of his, and he's becoming one of my favorite filmmakers. I would love to have a conversation with him. He has such a commanding, booming voice where I would believe anything he says.
F For Fake is relentlessly engaging. One of the coolest movies I've ever seen. I loved the editing, colors, landscape, narration. I didn't know what would happen next. Anything could have happened. Not a frame was wasted. Welles could have taken this story anywhere; and he did.
Este documental reflexivo y poético es de esos que rompen con la concepción de que el cine de la realidad es un cine aburrido.
En cada fotograma se siente la genialidad de Welles a la que se le suma una historia interesante y un montaje increíble que brinda dinamismo al relato.
"go on singing."
Had Welles read Gaddis, or is this a Leibniz-Newton situation with a ~20 yr delay?
Or is it better to ask whether de Hory, Reichenbach and Clifton had read him?
Or whether Oja, who contributed the script and derived its Picasso episode from a short story she had written, had read him?
^^^Connoisseur's frippery, totally without use.
After hearing about this movie for years, I finally watched F for Fake, which is the last film completed by Orson Welles. It's one of the Criterion movies available on Hulu. After seeing it, I fully intend to purchase a copy of the Blu-ray, which contains extensive special features not available on the streaming service. Hulu does have, however, the introduction by filmmaker Peter Bogdanovich and the extended 9-minute trailer.
"Everything must finally fall in war, or wear away into the ultimate and universal ash - the triumphs, the frauds, the treasures and the fakes. A fact of life: we're going to die. "Be of good heart," cry the dead artists out of the living past. "Our songs will all be silenced, but what of it? Go on singing." Maybe a man's name doesn't matter all that much."
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