ICE-Vision: F For Fake (Orson Welles, 1973)
Thursday, October 14 at 8 PM
Lamar Dodd School of Art Room S150
Film Studies major Will Stephenson continues ICE’s informal weekly series, selecting a variety of world cinema classics and subcultural curiosities.
“In F For Fake (completed in 1973), Welles shaped documentary footage into a loose-limbed but tautly built cine-essay on “two world leaders in fakery”: the prolific art forger Elmyr de Hory and his biographer Clifford Irving, who himself counterfeited the autobio of Howard Hughes. Bearded and bedraped, Welles serves as self-amused emcee to their strange inventions, and far from passing judgment on these charismatic tricksters, the director admires them as fellow artists and comrade tale-tellers, whose exploits reflect his own adventures in faking it…Accepted notions of authenticity, fakery, experthood, aesthetic value, and narrative are not only debunked but redefined.” -The Village Voice