F for Fake
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The final directorial project the legendary Orson Welles completed during his lifetime, F for Fake is less a documentary than an example of cinematic free association on the topic of trickery. Much of the film is in fact drawn from other sources, most notably an unfinished documentary by Francois Reichenbach on the notorious Elmyr de Hory, whose extremely skillful forgeries of famous paintings caused scandals amongst art collectors and experts. In an additional bit of irony, de Hory's interviewer is author Clifford Irving, who became infamous due to a forgery of his own: a falsified… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 89%

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"Alternately superficial and profound."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"A charming, witty meditation upon fakery, forgery, swindling and art, a movie that may itself be its own Exhibit A."
‑ Vincent Canby, New York Times
"At times T for tedious and P for pretentious, the film remains essential viewing for admirers of the great cineaste and showman."
‑ Philip French, Observer [UK]
"F for Fake is a minor work in some ways, but there is fascination and poignancy in seeing Welles's elegant retreat into this hall of mirrors."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
"Welles was to claim, 'I believe a work is good to the degree that it expresses the man who created it' and, by that standard, F for Fake must be a masterpiece."
‑ Paul Huckerby, Electric Sheep
"A triumphantly self-amused, self-aware reflection on the verities of art and creativity and the lies that sustain them."
‑ , Time Out
"Welcome to the philosophical fun house that is F for Fake, stuffed full of questions about the nature of art and authorship, illusion and reality, lies and truth."
‑ Glenn Abel, Hollywood Reporter
"It tells us that what we like is just fine and that the value is art is measured in something other than currency, though in this case the price of a cinema ticket will do nicely."
‑ Ed Whitfield, The Ooh Tray
"Thirty-two years after he unfolded the cinematic pop-up book that was Citizen Kane, Orson Welles collapsed the entire medium in on itself with this irresistible 1973 film essay on art and fakery."
‑ Robbie Collin, Daily Telegraph
"Less heralded than some of Welles' other work, F For Fake is still a fascinating examination of authenticity and authorship."
‑ David Parkinson, Empire Magazine
"A singular combination of documentary, essay, narrative, broad comedy, hoax, and cinematic vaudeville."
‑ Nathan Rabin, AV Club
"It's a dynamic piece of filmmaking that doubles as a sleight-of-hand act."
‑ Keith Phipps, The Dissolve
"A modest, throwaway trifle but still entertaining."
‑ Allan Hunter, Daily Express
"So rich, ripe and tricksy you'll need to give this one multiple sweeps."
‑ David Jenkins, Little White Lies
"Welles' assurance that you will be enthralled by his every word and oversized gesture is so arrogant, so refreshingly contemptuous, that you'd give him a round of applause, if you weren't sure he was doing that for himself every time he called, "cut.""
‑ Adam Lippe, Examiner.com
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