Master trickster and self-described charlatan Orson Welles directs this duplicitous documentary, rife with movie-making sleight of hand, about the life of renowned art forger Elmyr de Hory and his equally devious biographer Clifford Irving. By the time the film is over it’s unclear who’s fooling who and if there can ever be a single truth.
Running time 88 minutes; 35mm.
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