January 27, 2022
07:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Campus Events
Henderson #112

As part of the programming for Washburn's "Truth" WUmester, the History honorary society Phi Alpha Theta's Historical Film Nights offers a full slate of Truth-related film features.

F for Fake (1973)

"I'm a chariatan," Orson Welles proclaims in his sly something-like-a-documentary, which, even if that's hardly news (this is the man, after all, responsible for the infamous "War of the Worlds" radio hoax), makes him the perfect director and host for this playful tour of fakery, forgery, and the elusive truth. The film focuses particularly on art forger Elmyr de Hory, famous for fake Modernist masterpieces that hung on museum walls until he was caught and convicted, and his biographer Clifford Irving, best remembered less for that faux-artists' biography than the hoax autobiography he opened of Howard Hughes. Welles enhances his tour with assorted magic tricks, of both the carnival and cinematic variety.


Dr. Kelly Erby