History Film / FForFake

6th May '17 10:05:39 PM Mdumas43073
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->''Ladies and gentleman, by way of introduction, this is a film about trickery, fraud, about lies. Tell it by the fireside or in a marketplace or in a movie, almost any story is almost certainly some kind of lie. But not this time. This is a promise. For the next hour, everything you hear from us is really true and based on solid fact.''

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->''Ladies
->''"Ladies
and gentleman, by way of introduction, this is a film about trickery, fraud, about lies. Tell it by the fireside or in a marketplace or in a movie, almost any story is almost certainly some kind of lie. But not this time. This is a promise. For the next hour, everything you hear from us is really true and based on solid fact.''"''
16th Apr '17 12:39:25 AM CumbersomeTercel
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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.

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* TheCameo: Welles' old friend from way back in the Mercury Theatre days, Joseph Cotten, Creator/JosephCotten, 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.
15th Apr '17 4:58:42 PM JulianLapostat
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* GenreShift: The film actually began as a straight documentary about Elmyr de Hory. Then the footage was given to Orson Welles, who added his own material and made something much, much weirder.

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* GenreShift: The film actually began as a straight documentary about Elmyr de Hory.Hory, which collapsed when its main source and interviewer (Clifford Irving) became exposed as a fraud. Then the footage was given to Orson Welles, who added his own material and made something much, much weirder.



* LighterAndSofter: Almost every Welles movie is intense, dark, serious and documents self-destructive ByronicHero or VillainProtagonist. This film is far and away Welles' lightest work, even being somewhat optimistic, humorous and above all "fun".



* SpiritualSuccessor: ''Film/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: SpiritualSuccessor:
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''Film/ExitThroughTheGiftShop'' another documentary assembled largely from stock/found footage examining the nature of art and authenticity, with a DeadpanSnarker director.director.
** Some see this as one for ''Film/CitizenKane'', especially the opening {{Mockumentary}} newsreel, with Welles parodying how information and mass media distort and mislead even when it claims to be objective, and likewise, dealing partly with the pre-production of Kane, its connection to Howard Hughes and also having a similar theme of old age and passing of time.
25th Feb '17 3:00:28 PM jamespolk
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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 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.

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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 ... who, during filming, was discovered to ''himself'' be a fraud, having published a biography of notoriously reclusive billionaire 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.
22nd Sep '16 2:42:55 PM Universalist
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27th May '16 11:37:59 AM VenomLancerHae
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%% ZeroContextExample entries are not allowed on wiki pages. All such entries have been commented out. Add context to the entries before uncommenting them.



* 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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Added DiffLines:

* 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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Added DiffLines:

* BadassLongcoat: Orson Welles' outfit in the film, complete with NiceHat.
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