F For Fake Review

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Orson Welles' documentary follows famous 'fakers', including art forger Elmyr de Hory, Welles's own companion Oja Kodar, hoax-biographer Clifford Irving, and the man himself.


A masterclass in movie-making and mischief, Orson Welles’ entertaining 1973 profile of art forger Elmyr de Hory and his infamous biographer Clifford Irving is also a sly treatise on authorship, the socio-cultural relevance of art and the perks of roguish genius.

Less heralded than some of Welles' other work, F For Fake is still a fascinating examination of authenticity and authorship.