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F For Fake review

Orson Welles' documentary about fraud and fakery.

Having convinced America aliens were invading in 1938, Orson Welles mused on art-as-deception in this 1974 pic considered his last classic.

Jumping off from a BBC commission about art forger Elmyr De Hory, Welles uses blink/ miss editing to stitch up a mischievous mash of mock-doc, magic show, lecture and comedy.

The greatest trick he pulls is making you think he’s not genuine: beneath befuddling, bracing digressions on Picasso, Howard Hughes, biography, confidence tricks, growing beards and “girl-watching” lies a searching interrogation of ideas of authorship.

Real fun, for real.

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