"F for Fake"

For a finishing touch to both our recent Orson Welles Meetup and the Music Box's series on Welles, we'll be taking a look at his last movie, the mindbending anti-documentary "F for Fake".  It's a fun treatment on authenticity, lies, and showmanship - a very suitable subject for the man behind the "War of the Worlds" broadcast hoax!

Here's some more information from the Music Box's web site:

"In Orson Welles’s free-form documentary F for Fake, the legendary filmmaker (and self-described charlatan) gleefully engages the central preoccupation of his career—the tenuous line between truth and illusion, art and lies. Beginning with portraits of world-renowned art forger Elmyr de Hory and his equally devious biographer, Clifford Irving, Welles embarks on a dizzying cinematic journey that simultaneously exposes and revels in fakery and fakers of all stripes—not the least of whom is Welles himself."

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  • A former member
    A former member

    On the way home, I just kept thinking that this movie, for me, brings new meaning to the phrase "Fake it til you make it" :)

    1 · May 26, 2013

    • Al

      Ha - so true, Mandy! Elmer de Hory should have that as the caption to his self-portrait.

      1 · May 26, 2013

  • Al

    Wonderful Meetup! The movie gave us a lot to think about, and our discussion ranged over so many interesting areas, such as:

    * Our fave Welles moments (which include the staircase scene in "Ambersons" and the opening sequence of "Touch of Evil")

    * Other films about art & authenticity, such as "S.O.P", "My Kid Could Paint That", "Room 237", and "Letters from Siberia"

    * The collection of recent films about Welles ("RKO 281", "Me and Orson Welles", "Ed Wood", "Fade to Black")

    * Notable books on related subjects such as "Going Clear", "An Object of Beauty", and "Hollywood & Wine".

    May 26, 2013

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