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F for Fake
Orson Welles' free-form documentary about fakery focusses on the notorious art forger Elmyr de Hory and Elmyr's biographer, Clifford Irving, who also wrote the celebrated fraudulent Howard Hughes autobiography, then touches on the reclusive Hughes and Welles' own career (which started with a faked resume and a phony Martian invasion). On the way, Welles plays a few tricks of his own on the audience.
Well. Uh... This was a documentary.
My brain is fucked
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
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.
In film school we took an entire year to look at the documentary, the way the borders of fiction and non-fiction can be and are blurred. We discussed many different films, including Nanook, Blair Witch and Night & Fog but at no point in any lecture or any article or any textbook was this almost definitive statement on the veracity of the documentary by Orson Welles. How can I trust any of the three years of by university education when such a travesty of an oversight occurred? Did they not know anything? And does that make my degree even more worthless?
Throughout F For Fake the great and large man himself leads us on a whirlwind discussion of the nature of…
Don't think I was on the same wavelength as this film the first time around--although it strikes me as an exciting/original work. Seems like a precursor to something like Exit Through the Gift Shop.
"It's pretty, but is it art?"
That line, as told to the audience by narrator and film director Orson Welles, is taken from a short story in which the biblical Adam makes a drawing in the mud, only to be criticized by the Devil with that very line. It's fitting that Welles is the one to say it; dressed head to toe in black, he asks a similar question to the audience in his film about fakery and the nature of art. This is a film about fraud and lies, he declares at the beginning. But in truth, it's about much more than that. It's an examination on the basis of what could be considered art and what cannot, and…
A multi-faceted look at forgery, fakery, and art. A densely interleaved text featuring a relaxed and congenial Orson Welles. I really want to love this movie, but there is not quite enough detail and the film is not quite avant-garde enough to really elevate to greatness. It's still really good, though, and the levels of weird in the art world are endlessly interesting, at least to me.
Welles, still inventing, still pulling our legs, still telling great stories, and finally, reflecting on art and life.
Completely bonkers and as thoroughly original as a documentary (?) can get. The 'twist,' if ya want to call it that, works pretty well, making sense and properly documents the theme of trickery Welles wants to get across.
It may be near incomprehensible, but Orson Welles has an amazing charisma about him. It makes it impossible to look away at any time. His running narration/story of his life segments are fascinating, even if what happens/is said makes sense. The point is to discombobulate the audience at times so the trickery aspect can get across, and I'd say it works quite well.
Also I like his outfit.
Still an utterly mind-numbing experience, but there are evidet strokes of genius within. How Orson Welles pulled this off, I will never understand. And the editing is so, so good.
You know, I really don't know...
This was an interesting and entertaining trip on art. At times, I got confused because the word "fake" was used so often I couldn't tell what was fake or what was real at certain spots; but I guess that was the point--I mean, the entire film revolves around fakery. The stock footage was really neat to see and the editing was kinda cool. It's a fun viewing of art history (learning about painting is always rad) and Welles tells the stories fascinatingly. It can be a task to keep up with it all, because it loves to throw out trickery here and there, along with a little plot twist, but if you're an artist yourself or just love tidbits of the mediums, it's definitely worth seeing. Loved the way it was made, even if it can get a little zany and pretentious.
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