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Big screen classics

F for Fake

Vérités et mensonges

Orson Welles’ brilliant essay film ponders questions of authorship.

Image from F for Fake

France-Iran-West Germany 1973
Dir Orson Welles
87min
Digital
Certificate PG

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.


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