April Fakes Day: F For FakePG

Directed by Orson Welles | France / West Germany | 1973 | 1h 28m

Inventive documentary by legendary filmmaker Orson Welles that gleefully engages with the central preoccupation of his career: the lines between illusion and truth, art and lies. Through an exploration of the lives of the renowned art forger Elmyr de Hory and his equally cunning biographer, Clifford Irving, Welles not only uncovers but also celebrates the realm of forgery and deceivers from various walks of life, including himself.

Screening followed by a Q&A with Professor Patricia Kingori (Curator of April Fakes Day), Dr Andrew Dunning (Curator of Medieval Manuscripts at the Bodleian), chaired by Dr JC Niala (Head of Research, Teaching and Collections, History of Science Museum).

All tickets for this event are £5.

Reviews

‘For all its nods, winks and witty asides, it’s a richly personal work, picking over the questions every creative artist must eventually ask: Am I ‘for real’? Does it matter? And what is all this work worth, anyway?’ 
★★★★★
Tom Huddleston, Time Out

‘If Citizen Kane is testament to a young man’s genius then F For Fake is testament to a veteran’s rebellious spirit and wicked sense of humour.’
★★★★★
Emma Simmonds, The Arts Desk

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We showed April Fakes Day: F For Fake between April 3, 2024 and April 3, 2024.

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