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