- Status: Completed
- Score: 7.8/10
- Director: Orson WellesGary Graver2 more credits
- Country: EnglishFrenchSpanish
- Year: 1973
- Duration: 89 min
- Production: Les Films de l’Astrophore
A documentary about fraud and fakery.
Orson Welles’ free-form documentary about fakery focusses on the notorious art forger Elmyr de Hory and Elmyr’s biographer, Clifford Irving, who also wrote the celebrated fraudulent Howard Hughes autobiography, then touches on the reclusive Hughes and Welles’ own career (which started with a faked resume and a phony Martian invasion). On the way, Welles plays a few tricks of his own on the audience.
Orson Welles, François Reichenbach, Clifford Irving, Edith Irving, Paul Stewart, Joseph Cotten, Richard Drewett, Gary Graver, Oja Kodar, Elmyr de Hory, Laurence Harvey, David Walsh, Richard Wilson, Howard Hughes, Alexander Welles,