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Vérités et Mensonges (F For Fake) (1976)

Original Title : Vérités et mensonges
Director : Orson Welles
Writer : Orson Welles
Oja Kodar
Genre : Documentary
Country : France
Language : English
Producer : François Reichenbach , Dominique Antoine , Richard Drewitt
Music : Michel Legrand
IMDB ID : 0072962
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Vérités et Mensonges (F For Fake) (1976) - Orson Welles
 

Starring

Orson Welles Himself
Oja Kodar The Girl
Joseph Cotten Special Participant
François Reichenbach Special Participant
Richard Wilson Special Participant
Paul Stewart Special Participant
Alexander Welles Special Participant (as Sasa Devcic
Gary Graver Special Participant
Andrés Vicente Gómez Special Participant (as Andres Vincente Gomez
Julio Palinkas Special Participant
Christian Odasso Special Participant
Françoise Widhoff Special Participant (as Françoise Widoff
Peter Bogdanovich Special Participant (voice
William Alland Special Participant (voice
Elmyr de Hory Himself (uncredited
Laurence Harvey Himself (uncredited
Clifford Irving Himself (uncredited
Nina Van Pallandt Herself (uncredited
 

Plot

Orson Welles' free-form documentary about fakery focusses on the notorious art forger Elmyr de Hory and Elmyr's biographer, Clifford Irving, who also wrote the celebrated fraudulent Howard Hughes autobiography, then touches on the reclusive Hughes and Welles' own career (which started with a faked resume and a phony Martian invasion). On the way, Welles plays a few tricks of his own on the audience.
 

Comments

Worth seeking out This gem is worth hunting down for at least two reasons: the film's payoff, which is splendid, and especially a rumination the observant Welles narrates regarding mortality as the camera lingers on an extended shot of a beautiful cathedral.There is a smattering of hokey girl ogling which seems out of step with Welles' sensibility, but it works out fine in the end.A small treasure.