Sunday, October 21, 2012


It's pretty ... but is it Art?

 "F for Fake" is a movie from the 1970s that's directed by Orson Welles and it's about ...

Well, you really have to see it. It's a unique filmgoing experience. "F for Fake" is for those film buffs who - every once in a while - don't mind not knowing what the hell is going on or why they are there or why the heck some joker recommended a particular movie in the first place.

Here's Orson reciting a little poem ...

(I think it's close to the beginning of the film, but I haven't seen "F for Fake" for several years.)

Hopefully, that little clip will make you curious enough to give it a try. "F for Fake" is not for everyone, but it's worth a try for the adventurous film buff.

The poem, by the way, is the first stanza of "The Conundrum of the Workshops," by Rudyard Kipling:

When the flush of a new-born sun fell first on Eden's green and gold,
Our father Adam sat under the Tree and scratched with a stick in the mould;
And the first rude sketch that the world had seen was joy to his mighty heart,
Till the Devil whispered behind the leaves, "It's pretty, but is it Art ?"
You can find the rest of it here.

But after that, go and watch "F for Fake"!


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