F for Fake (1973)
Magician Orson Welles handles various 1970's French coins
The 1973 Janus Film film "F for Fake", was produced and directed by Orson Welles.
It was has last completed film.
The film was made in France and Spain.
One of his tricks is changing a key into a coin and then retrieving several coins.
As the scene takes place in a French railroad station, the coins are French, from the 1970's.
1. Title "About Fakes" (provisional title)
The film had several titles before being released as "F for Fake".
2. Orson Welles as magician
In a French railroad station, Orson performs magic tricks for a little boy.
3. Boy with key
The key becomes a coin.
4. Orson holding coin
This coin appears to be a Great Britain halfpenny of Queen Victoria, made 1860 to 1894.
5. Orson pulls coins from boy
Orson shows the coins.
6. Orson holds coins
One is a French new franc coin with the "Sower" obverse.
These coins were made of nickel from 1959 to 2001.
7. Boy holds rabbit
Orson's friend model Oja Kodar is watching from a train.
8. Oja Kodar
Oja Kodar has a short scene where she walks around the area while men watch her.
He promises that the first hour of the film is based on verified facts.
9. Orson Welles introduces the film
Elmyr de Hory and Clifford Irving are the main subjects of the film.
10. Clifford Irving and Elmyr de Hory
Elmyr de Hory is an art forger of modern artists, including Amedeo Modigliani,
Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, and Pablo Picasso.
Later he wrote a fictional "autobiography" of billionaire Howard Hughes and collected $500,000
from a publisher for it.
11. Clifford Irving with monkey
What signficance the money has is unknown but it appears throughout the film.
12. Clifford Irving and book with fake Modigliani
Elmyr de Hory is shown working in his studio.
13. Elmyr de Hory in studio
The film leaves Clifford Irving and Elmyr de Hory for a while to discuss another fake.
He leads to his infamous October 30, 1938 Mercury Theatre radio program "War of the Worlds".
14. Orson Welles in CBS radio studio
Some scenes of antique radios are shown, including this one.
15. Antique radio
The radio broadcast did not mention flying saucers which began appearing in the 1940's.
simulated segments of the radio program are read.
16. Flying saucer over the US capitol building
17. Flying saucers over the Potomac river
18. Flying saucer over Smithsonian museum
19. Flying saucer firing ray
A saucer fires a ray gun at the Los Angeles city hall.
20. Los Angeles city hall explodes
This scene from "Earth vs. the Flying Saucers" was taken from the 1953 Paramount film "War of the Worlds".
21. Las Vegas Cowboy Bob
Howard Hughes supposedly lived in Las Vegas on the top floor of the Desert Inn hotel casino.
22. Desert Inn
Hughes was a recluse tended by a group of men.
He hadn't been seen in public for years.
23. Time Magazine cover story
24. Joseph Cotten
Actor Joseph Cotten, a long-time associate of Welles, claims that the film "Citizen Kane" was to
have been about Howard Hughes before the main character was changed to a newspaper publisher.
and the destruction of real Picasso paintings.
Orson Welles as Himself and Narrator
Oja Kodar as Herself and The Girl
Elmyr de Hory as Himself
Clifford Irving as Himself
Joseph Cotten as Himself
Writer: Orson Welles