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Thumbnail for F for Fake (1973) F for Fake (1973)

Basics Critics:94Viewers:75Rusty:77
Category: Bio/History, Crime, DocumentaryNotable as: Documentary filmSub-Category: documentary filmRuntime: 85 - 90 minutesColor: colorLanguage: English, Spanish, French, PersianCountry: France, Iran, West Germany, GermanyFilming location: Paris, GermanyDirector: Orson WellesScreenwriter: Orson Welles, Oja KodarMusic: Michel LegrandStars: Oja Kodar, Joseph Cotten, François Reichenbach, Gary Graver, Elmyr de Hory, Clifford Irving, Sasa Devcic, Richard Wilson, Peter Bogdanovich Producer: François ReichenbachAward details: (details at IMDb)

F for Fake is the last major film completed by Orson Welles, who directed, co-wrote, and starred in the film. Initially released in 1974, it focuses on Elmyr de Hory's recounting of his career as a professional art forger; de Hory's story serves as the backdrop for a fast-paced, meandering investigation of the natures of authorship and authenticity, as well as the basis of the value of art. Loosely a documentary, the film operates in several different genres and has been described as a kind of film essay. Far from serving as a traditional documentary on Elmyr de Hory, the film also incorporates Welles's companion Oja Kodar, notorious "hoax-biographer" Clifford Irving, and Orson Welles as himself. In addition to the 85-minute film, in 1976 Welles also shot and edited a self-contained 9-minute short film as a "trailer", almost entirely composed of original material not found in the main film itself.

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