in about 100 words or less
France 88m, Colour
Director: Orson Welles; Cast: Orson Welles, Oja Kodar, Joseph Cotten, Elmyr de Hory, Clifford Irving, François Reichenbach, Gary Graver
As an exploration of authenticity and the value of art, F for Fake is a documentary styled film narrated by Welles that is loosely based around the story of Elmyr de Hory’s infamous “career” as an art forger. This is a wildly paced film which is presented as a stream of consciousness. In it, Welles implicates his own work and suggests that to some extent, that all art is fake, insofar as it is merely a representation of life. One of his last movie projects, F for Fake is a fascinating and under-appreciated film that will primarily remain of interest to Welles’ fans (Klaus Ming December 2015).