F for Fake


Bijou by the Bay Sun, Aug 2, 2015 9:00 AM
Film Info
Section:Orson Welles Centennial
Release Year:1973
Runtime:89 min.
Production Country:France
Original Language:English
Cast/Crew Info
Cast:Orson Welles
Oja Kodar
François Reichenbach
Elmyr de Hor
Clifford Irvingy
Director:Orson Welles
Produced by:Marie-Sophie Dubus
Dominique Engerer
Screenwriter:Orson Welles
Cinematography:François Reichenbach
Editing By:Marie-Sophie Dubus
Dominique Engerer
Music By:Michel Legrand


Orson Welles launched a million film studies classes with his seminal “Citizen Kane.” Much less attention is given to the final film he completed as a writer-director-actor, but it is a postmodern masterpiece of the highest order. Professional art forger Elmyr de Hory’s infamous career is the inspiration for a gleeful investigation into the nature of authenticity. As a meta joke-within-a-joke, this innovative documentary hybrid mixes truth and fiction until they become impossible to distinguish, and the man who terrified the entire nation with his “War of the Worlds” radio broadcast proves he still has a couple of tricks up his sleeve. (Part of that broadcast is recreated in the film.) Buckle up and let this unique film take you on a trippy journey with one heck of a mischievous, irresistible, and twisted tour guide. In English, French, Spanish with subtitles