THEATER 1 Sun, Aug 4 4:30 PM
Presented on 35mm
Film Info
Release Year:1973
Production Country:France
Original Language:English
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Orson Welles
Cast:Oja Kodar
Elmyr de Hory
Laurence Harvey
Edith Irving
David Walsh
Screenwriter:Orson Welles


In both his remarkable debut film CITIZEN KANE and his provocative documentary F FOR FAKE, Orson Welles is exploring the parameters, limits, truths, and fictions of storytelling. In KANE, the portrait of publishing tycoon Charles Foster Kane (played by Welles), the young director unravels the life and death of the enigmatic magnate through a series of interviews with people who knew Kane, including his friends, colleagues, and ex-wife, the film innovatively unfolding in a series of flashbacks. In F FOR FAKE, Welles blurs the line between fact and fiction as he explores the careers of two famous fakers: Elmyr de Hory, a renowned art forger, and Clifford Irving, who wrote a fraudulent biography of billionaire Howard Hughes. Welles acts as our guide, and with trick shots, staged scenes, and his witty narration, he challenges us not to believe everything we see. Both films, though wildly different in form and style, step back and consider: what do we really know about the life of a man? Perhaps, in his own winking way, Welles was also asking us what we really ever knew about him.