Do you think I should confess? To what? Committing masterpieces?
October 21, 2014 12:17 PM Subscribe
Ladies and gentleman, by way of introduction, this is a film about trickery, fraud, about lies. Tell it by the fireside or in a marketplace or in a movie, almost any story is almost certainly some kind of lie. But not this time. This is a promise. For the next hour, everything you hear from us is really true and based on solid fact.Orson Welles' cinematic confidence scam, F for Fake, gets a new two disc Blu-Ray Criterion Collection release this year. Ben Sampson offers a visual analysis in two parts, breaking down the film's layers of paradoxes.
As for the film itself... Welles begins by picking up the pieces of a project by Francois Reichenbach, examining the infamous art forger Elmyr de Hory, only to find Clifford Irving in his entourage. Irving, of course, was already planning his own titanic fraud, a fake biography of Howard Hughes. This sends Welles on a seventy-seven minute odyssey into the nature of fakes and of trickery, even revisiting Welles' own "War of the Worlds" hoax. It's an elaborate fun house mirror of a film, ruminating on art and fakery.
Check out the restoration of Welles' own never-used original trailer.
The re-release is also available streaming on Hulu Plus or in an older release (with Spanish subtitles) on YouTube.
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