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F For Fake [DVD Boxset] [Special Edition]

  • NR
  • DVD
  • 2 discs
  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • The film premiered at the San Sebastian Film Festival in September 1974. Shot on location in the United States, France, Toussaint, and Ibiza. Among the other titles considered for the film were VRITS ET MENSONGES (TRUTH OR LIES), ?, QUESTION MARK, and HOAX. Director Orson Welles used footage that Franois Reichenbach had already shot for the original documentary. Welles connects himself to Clifford Irving by stating that Howard Hughes (the subject of Irving's hoax) was the initial basis for CITIZEN KANE. Welles and Oja Kodar were close friends and associates in the latter years of Welles's life. The opening credits, which humorously appear on film canisters, contain a misspelling of the word "practitioners" ("practioners"). Christian Odasso shot the scenes in France and Ibiza; Gary Graver shot the scenes in the U.S. and Toussaint. Near the end of the film there is a shot of Welles, against a dark background, that perfectly mimics the famous first shot of Welles as Harry Lime in THE THIRD MAN, one of the greatest shots in film history. The film took about a year to edit; interestingly, much of the film contains shots of filmstrips and editing rooms. This was one of Orson Welles's last films.
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  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): FAK020

  • Credits
    Orson Welles, George Orson Welles, Joseph Cotten, Paul Stewart, Laurence Harvey, Oja Kodar, Oja Palinkas
  • Critic Reviews
    "...A charming, witty meditation....If it is a fake, it's a marvelous one..."
    New York Times

    "...[An] artfully assembled essay about forgery, swindling and living the good life on modest resources..."
    USA Today

    "Welles splices together a nonlinear meditation on fraud with a jump-cut, call-and-response style that predates MTV and other imitators."
    Entertainment Weekly

    "[The film] celebrates magic and sleight of hand, a skill Welles possessed from a young age and which he returns to with brio..."
    Premiere

    4 stars out of 5 -- "Playful one moment, contemplative the next, it's prankster radicalism....A masterpiece of deceit..."
    Uncut

    4 stars out of 5 -- "[A] definition-defying examination of trickery itself."
    Total Film

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