Detroit Film Theatre


Saturday, January 15, 2011

4:00 PM Detroit Film Theatre

(France/West Germany/Iran/1973—directed by Orson Welles)
A perfect cinematic companion piece to the DIA’s current Fakes, Forgeries and Mysteries exhibition, Orson Welles’ dizzying, free form documentary (and we use that word loosely) sets out to examine the thin, often invisible line between art and illusion – as well as the very nature of fakery. Centering on the “celebrated” art forger Elmyr de Hory as well as the debunked Howard Hughes biographer Clifford Irving, Welles stuffs his cinematic grand illusion with ingeniously conceived diversions and digressions about the very nature of cinema and what it really means to “believe our own eyes.” Charming, funny and engrossing, this late work by the great Welles (a self-described "charlatan") will be introduced by Salvador Salort-Pons, the DIA’s Associate Curator of European Paintings. (90 min.)
“A film that creates its own scale of experience.” –Michael Atkinson, The Village Voice
Admission to all films in the DFT 101 series is free to DIA members or with paid Museum admission. A special $5 matinee price applies to all others.