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F For Fake

Spine #288

Apr 26, 2005

Number of Discs: 1

  • 1.66:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
  • English Dolby Digital 1.0 Mono
  • English subtitles

F For Fake

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Directed By: Orson Welles
Starring: Orson Welles, Oja Kodar, Elmyr de Hory, Clifford Irving
Licensor: Les Films de L'Astrophone

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Trickery. Deceit. Magic. In Orson Welles's free-form documentary F for Fake, the legendary filmmaker (and self-described charlatan) gleefully engages the central preoccupation of his career-the tenuous line between truth and illusion, art and lies. Beginning with portraits of world-renowned art forger Elmyr de Hory and his equally devious biographer, Clifford Irving, Welles embarks on a dizzying cinematic journey that simultaneously exposes and revels in fakery and fakers of all stripes-not the least of whom is Welles himself. Charming and inventive, F for Fake is an inspired prank and a searching examination of the essential duplicity of cinema.

  • Audio commentary by star and co-writer Oja Kodar and director of photography Gary Graver
  • Introduction by director Peter Bogdanovich
  • Orson Welles: One-Man Band (1995), an 88-minute documentary about Welles's unfinished projects
  • Almost True: The Noble Art of Forgery (1997), a 52-minute documentary about art forger Elmyr de Hory
  • A 60 Minutes interview with Clifford Irving, from 2000, about his Howard Hughes autobiography hoax
  • A 1972 Hughes press conference exposing Irving's hoax
  • Extended 9-minute trailer


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