F for Fake

F for Fake (1973)


Orson Welles' final film documents the lives of infamous fakers Elmyr de Hory and Clifford Irving. De Hory, who later committed suicide to avoid more prison time, made his name by selling forged works of art by painters like Picasso and Matisse. Irving was infamous for writing a fake autobiography of Howard Hughes. Welles moves between documentary and fiction as he examines the fundamental elements of fraud and the people who commit fraud at the expense of others.

Director: Orson Welles

Release Date: 1973-03-13
Status: Released
Run time: 89 min / 1:29
Production Companies : SACI, Janus Films
Production Countries: Germany, France, Iran



Orson Welles
Joseph Cotten
Special Participant
Oja Kodar
The Girl
Elmyr de Hory
Himself (uncredited)
Clifford Irving
Himself (uncredited)
Laurence Harvey


Directing Orson Welles Director
Writing Orson Welles Writer
Writing Oja Kodar Writer
Production Fran├žois Reichenbach Producer
Production Dominique Antoine Producer
Production Richard Drewitt Producer
Crew Fran├žois Reichenbach Cinematography
Crew Gary Graver Cinematography
Editing Marie-Sophie Dubus Editor
Editing Dominique Engerer Editor

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