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F For Fake [Masters of Cinema] [1973] [DVD]

Joseph Cotten , Orson Welles , Orson Welles    Parental Guidance   DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Joseph Cotten, Orson Welles, Oja Kodar
  • Directors: Orson Welles
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Eureka Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 26 Feb 2007
  • Run Time: 85 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000I5XN88
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 18,885 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

A collection of material brought together by master director Orson Welles, that serves to examine the idea of forgery and fakes. In it he features the work of forger Elmyr de Hory (who claims that most of the major collections of paintings in the world contain one of his fakes) and Clifford Irving (who wrote a fake autobiography of famous recluse Howard Hughes). There are stories of Welles' relationship with the granddaughter of a famous Yugoslav forger and personal reflections on the essence of artistic originality. Also featured are examples of fake and forgery from his own career (including the scandal provoking radio broadcast 'War of the Worlds').

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How to describe a film so unlike any other ever made? In a nutshell... — F for Fake opens with a couple of magic tricks, segues as though by sleight-of-hand into the story of master art-forger Elmyr de Hory and his relationship with biographer Clifford Irving (a sequence "remixed" by Welles with extant footage from François Reichenbach’s documentary work-in-progress, Elmyr), then hones in on Irving when word gets out that his purported biography of recluse-mogul Howard Hughes is a first-class hoax in its own right. Here the film erupts in all directions, as Welles contrasts the sprawl of ‘70s Hollywood with the halcyon Tinseltown that produced Citizen Kane; contemplates the continent that provided him with an artistic refuge some 800 years after the anonymous construction of the cathedral at Chartres; and, lastly, recounts a meeting between that most un-anonymous of artists — Pablo Picasso — and Welles’ companion Oja Kodar, which took place in her youth, and during which...... — The nutshell here clamps shut; the film itself, however, opens up onto infinite space.

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great, but no subtitles 1 May 2008
for the non-English speaker: although the above description mentions optional English subtitles, I have recently purchased this dvd and there are NO subtitles whatsoever (april 2008).

Attention, contrairement à la déscription au-dessus, il n'y a PAS de soustitrage sur ce dvd que j'ai acheté récemment (avril 2008).
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It is all a fake - or is it? 14 May 2012
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F for Fake is part documentary about art forgery, and part a forgery itself - but a forgery that doesn't take itself seriously, and is completely forthright about being one. Using documentary footage about art forger Elmyr de Hory, aggressively cut and edited to create a sort of disorienting hall of mirrors effect, Welles provides a glimpse into a world where fakers are enabled to forge the works of famous artists precisely by the authority of the experts who validate their forgeries as authentic, and the complicity of both art dealers and buyers in maintaining the illusion.

The story becomes even more complicated: does Elmyr's biography lose authenticity if his biographer is himself exposed as a fraud - in a case linking him to the elusive Howard Hughes, the main inspiration for Citizen Kane? What happens when a string of fake Picassos are lauded as new masterpieces? And what if the fakes are accepted into canon and for their artistic value? It is all a wondrous, playful game, where Welles, who had himself started his career by feigning to be a Hollywood celebrity in Ireland (or so he tells us), and later with the War of the Worlds radio broadcast hoax, is narrating the film with his usual memorable lines ("He gave you a false check for a false painting?", "August in France... this is when someone could take the country by telephone... if someone would answer it."), at least when he isn't implicating Picasso in the forgery of his own works, or spinning a story about the myths and facts surrounding Hughes, himself and his mistress - the co-author and co-star of this movie.

Fake personas appear among real ones, persons are switched for one another, and the truth is used as liberally as fiction in a great, understated comedy. Nothing in this movie is trustworthy, since movies aren't trustworthy. After all, that's precisely what the movie tells about itself.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars f for funny 15 Oct 2012
By gerrard
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Anyone who enjoyed Orson Welles appearances on tv chat shows like Parkinson in the 70's should give this a look.great storytelling,a bit of magic and plenty of spoof.highly amusing and entertaining
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Orson Welles - back to his vintage best 16 Aug 2007
I loved this film, Orson gives a great performance
not his finest hour and a bit of a forgotten Gem

But for any fan of the big man a must
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