F For Fake

Orson Welles
Film // August 15, 2016

One of Orson Welles’ last works, F For Fake is a kaleidoscope of wonder and curiosity. It blends fiction with documentary to assert the blurriness of the line between, appropriate for subjects–and professional fakers–Elmyr de Hory and Clifford Irving. Its attempts to skewer the pretensions and superficialities that form high society add to the allure of de Hory but may have gone to Welles’ head in the process. Welles is a proficient narrator, but his long-winded stories and jumpy narrative grow wearisome, especially when such fascinating subjects are already posing for the camera.