Rashid N.’s review published on Letterboxd:
A documentary that I've been looking really forward to, Orson Welles' 1973 experimental documentary F for Fake tells us the story of infamous fakers Elmyr de Hory and Clifford Irving and within that tale, Welles digs deeper to ask us questions related to morality, deception, lies, authentication, and obviously, fakery.
Right from the start, I was completely into the film but I was also sort of out of it and what I mean by that is that as soon as the film began, I was very intrigued and focused but I had a hard time loving the documentary because it kind of felt pointless and incoherent. That's something you feel throughout the entirety of this film but Welles always managed to make something stick and by the end of it, you understood the significance of each and every scene.
Yeah, this is a very strange documentary and I guess you could classify it as experimental so if it wasn't your thing, I understand why and I'm fine with it but with this film, I found something so vibrant and entertaining. Welles kept me transfixed on the screen and events going on and by the end, I had my jaw dropped by the masterful prowess of the incredible director.
Of course, I do have some problems with it such as me having some troubles getting into the documentary and how it could at times feel like it was disjointed and all over the place. Though, I couldn't help but love what Welles crafted here. It's such a brilliant work of art that keeps you consistently engaged and I'm happy to have loved this film.
Orson Welles was always pushing the boundaries of filmmaking and this documentary featuring him decades after his monumental debut only goes to show his adoration for cinema and talent behind and in front of the camera. Also, as I've seen many others point out, this documentary was basically what helped to shape modern essay videos on Youtube and I love this film even more for that.