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F for Fake (Blu-ray)



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Trickery. Deceit. Magic. In F for Fake, a free-form sort-of documentary by Orson Welles, the legendary filmmaker (and self-described charlatan) gleefully re-engages with the central preoccupation of his career: the tenuous lines between illusion and truth, art and lies.

Beginning with portraits of the world-renowned art forger Elmyr de Hory and his equally devious biographer, Clifford Irving, Welles embarks on a dizzying journey that simultaneously exposes and revels in fakery and fakers of all stripes—not the least of whom is Welles himself.

Charming and inventive, F for Fake is both an inspired prank and a clever examination of the essential duplicity of cinema.



  • New, high-definition digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • Audio commentary from 2005 by cowriter and star Oja Kodar and director of photography Gary Graver
  • Introduction from 2005 by filmmaker Peter Bogdanovich
  • Episode of the talk show Tomorrow from 1975 featuring an extensive interview with Welles (Blu-ray only)
  • Orson Welles: One-Man Band, a documentary from 1995 about Welles’s unfinished projects
  • Almost True: The Noble Art of Forgery, a fifty-two-minute documentary from 1997 about art forger Elmyr de Hory
  • 60 Minutes interview from 2000 with Clifford Irving about his Howard Hughes autobiography hoax
  • Audio recording of Hughes’s 1972 press conference exposing Irving’s hoax
  • Extended, nine-minute trailer
  • PLUS: An essay by critic Jonathan Rosenbaum
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SKU 5050629953435
Catalogue Number CC2409BDUK
Year 1975
Director Welles, Orson
Format Blu-Ray
Publisher(s) Criterion Collection
Aspect ratio 1.62:1
Colour Colour
Sound English: LPCM Mono
Subtitles English SDH
Language(s) English
Running time 88 mins
Blu-ray region B
Certificate PG
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