Can Dialectics Break Bricks Cinema: F For Fake (1974), Death in the Port Jackson Hotel (1972)


Sunday April 28th 2013, Movie night, double bill! Can Dialectics Break Bricks Cinema by Jeffrey Babcock. Door open at 20pm, films begin at 21:00..

F For Fake (Orson Wells, 1974, 85′). In English with English subtitles!
The great Orson Wells (Citizen Kane), nearing the end of his career of filmmaking, created this crazy film about magic, illusion and truth. In a sense this is a documentary about the illegitimacy of all documentaries. This film is totally bizarre even within the catalog of Orson Wells, being unlike anything else he ever created. What a magnificent final film for a wild, uncompromising career! Even with his last breath Orson Welles, pulls out something that you would never expect.

Trickery. Truth. Deceit. Magic. The art world. So-called experts. In Orson Welles’ free-form documentary, the legendary filmmaker (and self-described charlatan) jumps head-long into the central theme of his career- the tricky line between truth and illusion, art and lies. To start
the film off, Welles introduces us to the paintings of the world-renowned art forger Elmyr de Hory, and then afterwards he goes on a dizzying cinematic journey that simultaneously exposes and revels in fakery and fakers of all kinds. This is another film which is absolutely crucial to
see today, when the mass media tells us to believe in so-called experts of all kinds…. this film shows what an absolute hoax it all is.

Charming and poignant, F for Fake is both an inspired prank and a searching examination for the essence of cinema. Have you ever seen a film which made your imagination spiral out of this world? This is one of the few films that has that power. For me its one of the most vital films ever made, and certainly one of the very best films Orson Welles made in his career…. what a fitting end to his oeuvre.

Plus a very special short film: *DEATH IN THE PORT JACKSON HOTEL* (1972). A 36 minute film by Ed Van Der Elsken over the Australian artist Vali Myers.

Film night at Joe’s Garage, warm and cozy cinema! Doors open at 20:00, film begins at 21:00, free entrance. You want to play a movie, let us know: joe [at] squat [dot] net