History Film / FForFake

22nd Sep '16 2:42:55 PM Universalist
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27th May '16 11:37:59 AM VenomLancerHae
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* DeadpanSnarker: Welles somehow manages to combine this with SesquipedalianLoquaciousness. And it is ''glorious''.

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%% (Give example.) * DeadpanSnarker: Welles somehow manages to combine this with SesquipedalianLoquaciousness. And it is ''glorious''.



* DirtyOldMan: Picasso, according to Welles. [[TheReveal However...]]
* DistractedByTheSexy / MaleGaze: One scene is a montage of men gawking at Oja Kodar as she walks down the street in a short skirt.
* {{Documentary}}: ... Sort of.
* ExactWords: Read Orson's line above again.
* FanService: Several layers; the opening credits run over footage of Oya Kodar, Welles' girlfriend and the co-writer of the movie, being the subject of "the fine outdoor sport of girl-watching", with the numerous men glancing at her as she passes them captured on concealed cameras. This ties into the theme of trickery and reality (the men don't know they're being observed, so their reactions are genuine). It is also a good reason to have footage of Welles' rather attractive girlfriend walking around in a figure-enhancing dress practically designed to best display her [[ShesGotLegs legs]] and rear end.

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%% (Why is he this?) * DirtyOldMan: Picasso, according to Welles. [[TheReveal However...]]
* DistractedByTheSexy / MaleGaze: DistractedByTheSexy: One scene is a montage of men gawking at Oja Kodar as she walks down the street in a short skirt.
%% (This is fluff, please give more context as to why this is sort of a documentary.) * {{Documentary}}: ... Sort of.
%% (This is not an example, please give more context as to why Orson's line is ExactWords.) * ExactWords: Read Orson's line above again.
* FanService: FanService:
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Several layers; the opening credits run over footage of Oya Kodar, Welles' girlfriend and the co-writer of the movie, being the subject of "the fine outdoor sport of girl-watching", with the numerous men glancing at her as she passes them captured on concealed cameras. This ties into the theme of trickery and reality (the men don't know they're being observed, so their reactions are genuine). It is also a good reason to have footage of Welles' rather attractive girlfriend walking around in a figure-enhancing dress practically designed to best display her [[ShesGotLegs legs]] and rear end.



* {{Narrator}}
* RealLifeWritesThePlot: {{Invoked}} and [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]]; as noted above, when it was revealed during filming that Clifford Irving, de Hory's biographer, was himself a faker, this was too good ''not'' to put in.
* TheReveal: See BrickJoke.

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%% * {{Narrator}}
* RealLifeWritesThePlot: {{Invoked}} and [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]]; as noted above, when it was revealed during filming that Clifford Irving, de Hory's biographer, was himself a faker, this was too good ''not'' to put in.
%% (Not an example, please give context. Simply another trope is not context.) * TheReveal: See BrickJoke.TheReveal



--> '''Orson Welles''': I guess you could say I started at the top and worked my way to the bottom.

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--> '''Orson Welles''': I guess you could say I started at the top and worked my way to the bottom.
27th Sep '15 10:00:04 PM JulianLapostat
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Originally, Welles was hired merely to narrate the film, to be directed by Francois Reichenbach (who appears in the film). The subject was Elmyr de Hory, a professional art forger who proudly boasted that he had sold thousands of paintings to galleries all around the world, with every expert who had examined them convinced they were the genuine article. He was the subject of a biography by Clifford Irving ... during filming, was discovered to ''himself'' be a fraud, having published a biography of notoriously reclusive billionaire Howard Hughes that was based entirely on forgeries and faked evidence. Reichenbach and his staff were horrified by this revelation since they had used Irving as a trusted source for a straight documentary about Hory, Welles however enjoyed this turn of events. He convinced the crew to give him the footage, where he made the entire film an exploration of fakery, that of Elmyr de Hory, Clifford Irving, the art galleries, Howard Hughes, Hollywood, mass media, Pablo Picasso's and of course his ''own'' tendency towards being a faker over his career. This leads to a MindScrew that finally bleeds into the movie itself, until it's not sure what's real and what's not... and whether, ultimately, that even matters.

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Originally, Welles was hired merely to narrate the film, to be directed by Francois Reichenbach (who appears in the film). The subject was Elmyr de Hory, a professional art forger who proudly boasted that he had sold thousands of paintings to galleries all around the world, with every expert who had examined them convinced they were the genuine article. He was the subject of a biography by Clifford Irving ... during filming, was discovered to ''himself'' be a fraud, having published a biography of notoriously reclusive billionaire Howard Hughes Creator/HowardHughes that was based entirely on forgeries and faked evidence. Reichenbach and his staff were horrified by this revelation since they had used Irving as a trusted source for a straight documentary about Hory, Welles however enjoyed this turn of events. He convinced the crew to give him the footage, where he made the entire film an exploration of fakery, that of Elmyr de Hory, Clifford Irving, the art galleries, Howard Hughes, Hollywood, mass media, Pablo Picasso's and of course his ''own'' tendency towards being a faker over his career. This leads to a MindScrew that finally bleeds into the movie itself, until it's not sure what's real and what's not... and whether, ultimately, that even matters.
29th Aug '15 1:26:59 PM gallium
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* TheCameo: Welles' old friend from way back in the Mercury Theatre days, Joseph Cotten, pops up to reminisce about how they were going to do a Howard Hughes biopic with Cotten in the lead, before Welles decided on ''Film/CitizenKane'' instead. Then there's a clip of Laurence Harvey, who died of cancer not long after Welles completed production.
5th Aug '15 6:20:15 PM Prfnoff
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* SpiritualSuccessor: ''ExitThroughTheGiftShop'' another documentary assembled largely from stock/found footage examining the nature of art and authenticity, with a DeadpanSnarker director.

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* SpiritualSuccessor: ''ExitThroughTheGiftShop'' ''Film/ExitThroughTheGiftShop'' another documentary assembled largely from stock/found footage examining the nature of art and authenticity, with a DeadpanSnarker director.
17th May '15 1:19:28 AM ParanoiaAgent
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* BadassLongcoat: Orson Welles' outfit in the film, complete with NiceHat.
15th Mar '15 9:10:09 AM JulianLapostat
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The movie is framed around a biography-stroke-examination of Elmyr de Hory, a professional art forger who proudly boasted that he had sold thousands of paintings to galleries all around the world, with every expert who had examined them convinced they were the genuine article. He was the subject of a biography by Clifford Irving... who, during filming, was discovered to ''himself'' be a fraud, having published a biography of notoriously reclusive billionaire Howard Hughes that was based entirely on forgeries and faked evidence. Naturally, Welles couldn't resist [[ThrowItIn putting]] ''[[ThrowItIn that]]'' [[ThrowItIn in]], which gradually leads to Welles musing on his ''own'' tendency towards being a faker over his career. And this all begins to bleed into the movie itself, until it's not sure what's real and what's not... and whether, ultimately, that even matters.

The fast-paced editing techniques used by Welles in the film have been credited with influencing, among other things, the "MTV" style that premiered in the 1980s.

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Originally, Welles was hired merely to narrate the film, to be directed by Francois Reichenbach (who appears in the film). The movie is framed around a biography-stroke-examination of subject was Elmyr de Hory, a professional art forger who proudly boasted that he had sold thousands of paintings to galleries all around the world, with every expert who had examined them convinced they were the genuine article. He was the subject of a biography by Clifford Irving... who, Irving ... during filming, was discovered to ''himself'' be a fraud, having published a biography of notoriously reclusive billionaire Howard Hughes that was based entirely on forgeries and faked evidence. Naturally, Reichenbach and his staff were horrified by this revelation since they had used Irving as a trusted source for a straight documentary about Hory, Welles couldn't resist [[ThrowItIn putting]] ''[[ThrowItIn that]]'' [[ThrowItIn in]], which gradually leads however enjoyed this turn of events. He convinced the crew to Welles musing on give him the footage, where he made the entire film an exploration of fakery, that of Elmyr de Hory, Clifford Irving, the art galleries, Howard Hughes, Hollywood, mass media, Pablo Picasso's and of course his ''own'' tendency towards being a faker over his career. And this all begins This leads to bleed a MindScrew that finally bleeds into the movie itself, until it's not sure what's real and what's not... and whether, ultimately, that even matters.

The fast-paced editing techniques used by Welles in the film have been credited with influencing, among other things, the "MTV" style that premiered in the 1980s.
1980s. For a long time the film was Welles' final film, until the posthumous release of ''The Other Side of the Wind'' in 2015.


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* TakeThatMe: Creator/OrsonWelles spends a lot of time mocking his image and past as a faker:
--> '''Orson Welles''': I guess you could say I started at the top and worked my way to the bottom.
24th Feb '15 8:36:56 PM DoctorWorm
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** Goes even further late in the film, when Welles' expands on Oya's past, as a model for Picasso. It consists of over 10 minutes of watching her in a succession of flattering outfits, and eventually no clothes at all. [[spoiler:Of course, this is all a lie. None of it really happened.]]
26th Nov '14 4:22:35 PM jamespolk
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RealLife had a DownerEnding, by the way: de Hory killed himself in 1976 when told that he'd soon be extradited to France to face trial for forgery.



* DistractedByTheSexy

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* DistractedByTheSexyDistractedByTheSexy / MaleGaze: One scene is a montage of men gawking at Oja Kodar as she walks down the street in a short skirt.


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* HighClassGlass: de Hory breaks one out from time to time. Most notable in the scene where de Hory is using a High Class Glass while someone else explains in voiceover that de Hory is not from a noble family, as he claimed, but was from the lower middle class.
7th Jan '14 8:18:06 PM KeithTyler
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* AnswerCut: A frenetic and tense zigzagging. Welles flits back and forth between de Hory and Irving, starting with de Hory making an astounding claim, followed by speechless filler from each men, back and forth, culminating in Irving flatly denying the claim. The effect is to appear as a tense moment between the two men, with de Hory sitting deadpan and Irving sitting dumbfounded in response, when in fact the clips used were from two completely different and unrelated filmings of each men.
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