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F for Fake
A documentary about fraud and fakery.
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…
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…
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.
Orson Welles opens F for Fake by performing some street magic for some young children. It's his thesis statement: in our deepest hearts, we love to be conned. We love to be lied to; to hear stories and believe them, and most of all we love seeing others made fools of. Welles spends the rest of the film examining the appeal of the con on both ends. What draws the con artist, and what keeps the marks coming?
Most of the film is spent examining a pair of men: Elmyr de Hory, a famous art forger, and his biographer Clifford Irving, who would later go on to create a hoax autobiography of Howard Hughes. Welles largely skips over the mechanics…
A freelance documentary that feels like a genius flow of consciousness. Orson Welles wines, dines, and entertains you as he tells you the story of forging great works of art, writing about it, and using that credibility to fake something else.
All fakers and charlatan are welcome.
This was the last major film completed by Orson Welles, who directed, co-wrote, and starred in it. This is not really a documentary, maybe can be called that very loosely, because operates in several different genres and maybe can be described even as a film essay of the professional art forger, Elmyr de Hory's.
The story seems like a recounting of this amazing man's career, but very soon becomes obvious that de Hory's story serves only as the backdrop for a fast-paced, thorough but meandering investigation of the natures of authorship and authenticity, as well as the basis of the value of art! What is art? Many will attempt to give an answer, but at the end none of those…
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
This is great, but it's edited to the point of distraction. It feels like you're watching an episode of Jackass or something.
On tonight's rewatch, this film finally clicked for me. Where once I enjoyed only the first hour, now I adore F for Fake in its entirety.
oh my god I love you, Orson.
Orson Wells' compelling and masterfully edited, F for Fake is a documentary unlike anything that you have ever seen. Playing more like an editorial showcase on cinematic techniques, F for Fake gives its audience a brief glimpse into the mind of an artistic genius.
Wells opens his piece with a commentary on fakery of all kinds, while inhabiting the role of a magician captivating a young child. Every bit as disorienting as the magician's act, Wells' editing meanders through his narration of trickery, while serving as an apt introduction to his feature. He introduces his introduction, and must reassure his audience that, “For the next hour, everything you hear from us is really true and based on solid fact”. Partly…
haha, you didn't trick me, welles!
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