WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

F For Fake

Reviewed In Issue 15 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Orson Welles.

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 1.5
Sound Rating: 2
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): Criterion Collection
(Catalog Number): CC1412L-260
(MPAA Rating): Not Rated
(Retail Price): $$49.95
(Running Time In Minutes): 85
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): No
(Theatrical Release): 1975
(LD Release Date): 7/1/95
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

Credits Information
(Director): Orson Welles & François Reichenbach
(Screenplay/Written By): Orson Welles & Oja Kodar
(Story): NA
(Music): Michel LeGrand
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(Editor): Marie-Sophie Dubus & Dominique Engerer
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(Executive Producers): NA
(Co-Producers): NA
(Producers): François Reichenbach

DVD Picture Information
(Principal Photography): Flat
(Theatrical Aspect Ratio): 1.66:1
(Measured LaserDisc Aspect Ratio): 1.55:1

DVD Sound Information
(DVD Soundtrack): Mono Sound
(Theatrical Sound): Optical Mono
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WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
F For Fake is a most unusual film with Wells as director, screenwriter and acting host as he takes the viewer into the world of duplicity and trickery. Profiled in this unique pseudo-documentary are two of the most notorious “practioners” in the art of fakery: art forger Elmyr de Hory and biographer Clifford Irving, who mastermind an unsavory literary hoaz through a purported biography of How-ard Hughes. Wells also gives us a passing allusion to his War Of The Wars radio hoax that terrified America, one of the first of his essay documentaries and presents a story about Citizen Kane. Wells spent reportedly a year in Paris editing this film, which shows as much as a work of spontaneous improvisation as a thought-out project. Wells originally thought that the film’s title would be Hoax and that the film was “not a documentary,” but “a new kind of film.”

LaserDisc Picture:
The picture quality is full of inconsistencies in production values, color fidelity, grain, noise and artifacts. The picture is matted at 1.55:1.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The picture and sound quality is poor with prevalent artifacts, but the message gets communicated nevertheless.
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