F for Fake ★★★★★

Sprawling and chaotic, F for Fake takes on massive subjects (the nature of art, the nature of truth) and smaller ones (seafood, jazz trombone, Howard Hughes, filmmaking, the male gaze) and chops them together into an absolutely dazzling work of relentless playfulness. Seriously- despite it being exhausting and formally bonkers, the non-stop sensory overload and constant experimentation never stop this from being anything less than fun. Over a tight, breathless 90 minutes, Welles pontificates on magic, Hungarians and the very artifice of documentary itself, and although it may never let up until the end, F for Fake has enough manic energy to stick with you for a long time.

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