Monday, January 4, 2010

Movie of the Week - F for Fake

This week’s movie is F for Fake (1973).

F for Fake is a documentary directed by Orson Welles about fraud and fakery focusing in part on art forger Elmyr de Hory and his biographer Clifford Irving (who also wrote the famously fraudulent Howard Hughes autobiography). The film also looks at Hughes a little closer and at Welles’ own career. The film has wonderful music by Michel Legrand and Welles’ narration is brilliantly captivating. What makes this film great, however, is how it cannot be trusted. Welles spins a world of trickery and fakery to the point where the audience is no longer sure if anything is true or if everything is just slight of hand. It is possibly Welles’ last masterwork.

F for Fake [DVD]

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