Monday, August 15, 2005

F for Fake (1974)

F also stands for fun, which a lot of this movie is. Welles turns what could be in lesser hands a static, logy informational documentary and spins it around so that, in telling the truth about a series of strange coincidences, it questions the very notion of absolute truth. It appears to run out of steam after a while, but Welles rallies in the homestretch with an absolute tour-de-force sequence detailing an encounter between Oja Koder, Pablo Picasso, Koder's father and ten unique paintings. It's all pretty cool if you ask me.

Grade: B


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