F for Fake

France/Iran/Germany, 1973, 89 min, Colour

Now considered to be one of the greatest documentaries of all time, writer and director Orson Welles joyously weaves the extraordinary story of art faker Elmyr de Hory and his biographer, Clifford Irving, who faked a memoir of reclusive tycoon Howard Hughes. As Welles brilliantly cuts between these two entertaining stories, he offers up a delightful running commentary about art forgery, Picasso, Swiss checks, the movies and our very existence. The essay's final ten minutes, a meditation on the enormous Chartes cathedral built by unknown craftsmen, is both profound and majestic. Perhaps no film has come close to matching the sheer bravura of this last competed masterpiece of Orson Welles, the cinema's most imaginative magician.



Orson Welles


François Reichenbach


François Reichenbach


Marie-Sophie Dubus,Dominique Engerer


Paul Bertault


Orson Welles wrote, directed and starred in the film 'Citizen Kane,' among others, which remains one of the most influential films ever made. Born on May 6, 1915, in Kenosha, Wisconsin, Orson Welles began his career as a stage actor before going on to radio, creating his unforgettable version of H.G. Wells's War of the Worlds. In film, he left his artistically indelible mark with such works as Citizen Kane and The Magnificent Ambersons. He died of a heart attack in Los Angeles, California, on October 10, 1985.


United States, 1974, Cinema Eye Honors Awards, Winner Cinema Eye Honors Award

Cinema Eye Honors Awards, United States 1974 - Winner Cinema Eye Honors Award

Spain, 1974, Sant Jordi Awards, Best Foreign Film

Sant Jordi Awards, Spain 1974 - Best Foreign Film


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