The year is 1974. Time has passed since Orson Welles' previous film, the heavily underrated Chimes At Midnight. His fan's beg of him to create something like the classic Welles such as Citizen Kane, Touch of Evil or The Magnificent Ambersons, however Orson Welles gives them something completely different - he gives them one of the most surprising films of all time. F for Fake suffered from a small audience due to the fact that it was a 'documentary'. However, everyone who decided not to attend the playing of F for Fake missed out on one of the most shocking moments in cinema history. F for Fake has finally seen it's proper restoration recently when it was refurbished in quality by The Criterion Collection.
Magic and tricks are what illuminate Orson Welles' F for Fake. It's a movie about fakers and tricks. Orson Welles zeroes-in on two art forgers - Elmyr de Hory and Clifford Irving. Elmyr and Clifford have never met, but their ingenious knack for reproducing classic art pieces is a common factor for the two men. However, these men are not displayed as criminals, all their crimes done in a good-natured manner, they commit their forgeries as a statement.
SPOILERS Now, until the final moments in F for Fake, the film is a typical entertaining documentary, not an act of sheer genuis. That's when Orson Welles finally confess. What we have just witnessed has been one big lie. None of the documentary was actually true. And Orson Welles preforms the final trick of his career as he vanishes from the screen. SPOILERS
The GoodOrson Welles creates an entertaining un-cliched
documentary exploring a clever topic. As we
watch F for Fake, we are enlightened by his
marvelous knack for storytelling. Welles combines
magic, fraud, lying, trickery in his final project.
As well, it was great fun to see Joseph Cotten in
another Orson Welles film.
Despite being a work of genuis, F for Fake could easily
be considers a mess. From the abrupt jumps from idea
to idea, it would be understandable for you to get lost.
Welles demonstrated no clear line between idea and
idea, it's as if he jotting down whatever thoughts come
Orson Welles could really benefit from a shave in this film.
F for Fake,
Starring: Orson Welles, Joseph Cotten and Peter Bogdanovich
Directed by Orson Welles
1. F for Fake