F for Fake
Vérités et mensonges
Orson Welles’ brilliant essay film ponders questions of authorship.
France-Iran-West Germany 1973
Dir Orson Welles
With its various interwoven strands centred on the historic case of Clifford Irving’s bogus biography of Elmyr de Hory, a forger who boasted of having paintings in the world’s greatest galleries, Welles’ brilliant essay film ponders questions of authorship, truth and illusion, creativity and charlatanism, and the value of art. Original, wittily insightful and teasingly ‘autobiographical’, this deceptively modest masterpiece virtually reinvented cinema.
The screening on Wednesday 26 September will be introduced by Geoff Andrew, Programmer-at-large.