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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'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.
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.
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…
Enigmas, fibs, ciphers. Really, though, a celebration of Welles's own outsize personality. This is probably the closest thing to a film version of a dinner or drunken evening with Orson Welles. Fun editing, with cuts used as punch lines - Welles himself is the brunt of one such moment (the "us beautiful people" bit). *This* is Orson Welles.
Orson Welles documentary on the nature of the art of filmmaking and how fakery is pulled off by the greatest magicians. It starts off looking like it might be a masterwork, and the style certainly is, but it descends into some overlong stories that we're supposed to believe, only to be told that they were fake. Well, they seemed fishy anyway. In a way, it's Welles thinking he's more clever than he is... or at least as far as the creation of this movie is concerned.
Reading about this the first time seemed to me like this film was some kind of genius secretive experience one has to watch without any knowledge about it.
I guess I was a bit hyped and the somewhat high expectations weren't met.
I had problems with the first 30 minutes of this which were to fast and convoluted to me to really get what's going on. Weird cuts and a lot of information about something I have no idea of way to fast. After a while I got what's going on but I didn't think it was very interesting. Honestly the most fun thing about the film is just watching Orson Welles face. He seems so incredibly sympathethic.
The great thing at the end everyone was talking about was really nothing great.
I honestly had a hard time engaging with this one. I guess it seems more interesting on a conceptual level than the in the actual content. Welles makes for an engaging presence, but his other subjects tend to get lost in the editing a bit. There's a playful vibe to the construction of this documentary that's reminiscent of the French New Wave, and it's the film's strongest selling point, but by the time we got to probably the most interesting part of the film, about 20 minutes until the end, I had already mentally checked out.
Orson Welles had the most magnificent speaking voice, really speaking manner, of any actor I can think of. Listening to him talk, when he’s on a roll, is spellbinding. He phrases everything just right, with a cadence that is both intoxicating and captivating. The narration in this film captures this quality more than any other role of his that I can remember. Listening to him chatter while performing the magic tricks that start the film immediately makes me smile and serves as wonderful beginning for a truly remarkable film.
This movie is hard to explain to someone who hasn’t seen it. It’s equal parts documentary, essay, con job, history lesson, and narrative film. Early in the film he promises that…
Orson Welles' finest hour, Citizen Kane? I don't think so, but maybe it's just because I'm not too keen on Hollywood. Regardless of whatever I may feel about his most acclaimed work, F For Fake is just one long exercise in fakery. I was fully expecting Welles to do the double on us and make a fake story about fakes and, well, I was half right. Or something. It's quite hard to ascertain fact from fiction in this (despite Welles' claims and many reviewers attempts to distinguish) - I much prefer just to take it as it is, a film about fakery with the act, or art, of faking playing the main character.
I went through this constantly being reminded…
Lots of innovative quick fire editing and Orson hams it up for all he’s worth. But it’s not enough to save a fairly dull documentary on art forgery. Now something of a curiosity and worth watching just the once.
Throw any other fat man in a cape and you have a joke, throw Orson in one and you got CLASSSSS.
Orson Welles' film about art and con artists.
"I don't feel bad for Modigliani; I feel good for me."
The intended grand trickery of the last act is somewhat spoiled by its facile twist and the subsequent lack of surprise, but this is a beautiful and fascinating (if dramatic and corny) film that is more about Welles's persona, his way of speaking, and the visuals than about the documentary story that most of the film follows. It's an exercise in ambivalence over whether Welles is a genius or we want to punch him in the face.
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