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.
In his final masterpiece, Orson Welles created a uniquely edited essay on fraud that's as entertaining as it is provocative.
Orson Welles is officially in the Divine/Harry Dean Stanton tier of Fun to Watch on Screen
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A thoroughly entertaining and mischievous film. It starts off a little hectic, so you may feel the urge to lose interest but after that beginning section, the stories interwoven here really open up and captivate you. I sampled dialogue from Welles’ Chartres monologue on an album of mine a few years ago, and watching it now it’s still my favorite scene - it has really powerful ideas about art and impermanence. It may sound pretentious, but it’s really pretty grounded and playful when you reflect on it afterward. The film’s tone feels more like our current meta times than the time from which it came, it fits right in with now.
With Citizen Kane, Orson Welles changed cinema. With F for Fake, he attempted to do it again. In my humble opinion, he succeeded, though not to the extent of his debut masterpiece.
In this film, Welles has a way of speaking that makes anything he says sound incredibly profound, even if the actual words are semantic nonsense. Therein lies the charm of F for Fake—it is the duty of Welles and all the other “charlatans” to manipulate and distort the perceptions of their patrons, and they’re so skilled at weaving their webs of deception that it’s simply more enjoyably to just believe. If they themselves believe it, who’s to say it’s inauthentic? It seems that the experts have that authority,…
Somehow I only recently recently heard about this fascinating documentary. Amazing editing, extremely creative while questioning the concepts of art and reality. Very playful and fun documentary.
I watched Pablo Picasso creepily stare at a woman for 10 minutes. 10/10.
always nice seeing a film that could break into your top ten of all time. welles just can't stop.