Hayden Welch’s review published on Letterboxd:
“Ladies and gentleman, by way of introduction, this is a film about trickery, fraud, about lies. Tell it by the fireside or in a marketplace or in a movie, almost any story is almost certainly some kind of lie. But not this time. This is a promise. For the next hour, everything you hear from us is really true and based on solid fact.”
Easily the most unique documentary I’ve ever seen. Orson Welles’ singular vision is a impactful and interesting look at forgery and art. The subject is just as important as the themes in this strange and rich documentary. The editing is chaotic and sublime all accompanied by the witty charm and brilliance of Orson Welles.
The uniqueness of the narration and the way the information is delivered to the audience is so compelling. Many documentaries are interesting but loose their steam by the final act do to repetition, but not F for Fake. The way Orson Welles keeps the subject and themes new and fresh kept me on my toes the entire picture.