Orson Welles; courtesy of Berlin Film Society
Berlin Film Society will present its first screening of the month at Prince Charles on Friday, April 11th, this time showing a film about “trickery, fraud — about lies.”
This is Orson Welles‘ last major motion picture, F for Fake (1973), which he co-wrote, starred in, and directed. The movie has been described as a film essay, or an “inspired prank,” depicting in semi-documentary style the life and trickery of Elmyr de Hory, one of the most famous art forgers of all time. Questions of authorship and originality as well as illusion and deceit are a few of the topics that surround the notorious figure who evaded Interpol until the late 1960s.
The film doesn’t condemn or encourage de Hory’s life work, but illustrates the tenuous relationship we have with art, narrative, and film. F for Fake was not widely acclaimed when it was first released, but is now considered a classic for its unconventional self-awareness.
Orson Welles – video still from “F for Fake” (1973); courtesy of Berlin Film Society
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Blog entry by AJ Kiyoizumi in Berlin; Wednesday, Apr. 09, 2014.