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Visual Review

Everything you need to

know about

THE HOAX

…and how it relates to you

and the world around you.

Includes info on the

actors, director, with news,

reviews, and photos.

This presentation by

David Bruce

visualhollywood.com


SHORT SYNOPSIS

Movies Contain the

Essence of Being Human

Inspired by true events in the

life of Clifford Irving, the writer

who nearly pulled off one of the

most audacious media scams

in history, when his

"autobiography" of Howard

Hughes was published. Richard

Gere stars as Irving, who

claimed the book was based on

in-person interviews he

conducted with the reclusive

billionaire, which were in fact

completely bogus.


KEY ACTORS

The Cinematic Arts Have the

Power to Transform

Julie Delpy

as Nina Van

Pallandt

Hope Davis

as Andrea Tate

Marcia Gay

Harden

as Edith Irving


KEY TALENT

LASSE HALLSTROM

(Director)

WILLIAM WHEELER

(Screenwriter)

OLIVER STAPLETON

(Director of

Photography)

Our Artists Are Our Liberators


ARTIST HIGHLIGHT

RICHARD GERE

(Clifford Irving)

Actors are

Liberators Unaware

Humanitarian, actor and

Golden Globe winner

Richard Gere is one of the

most well-known and

respected actors of his

generation, having garnered

acclaim for roles in films

such as AN OFFICER AND A

GENTLEMAN, DAYS OF

HEAVEN, AMERICAN

GIGOLO, PRETTY WOMAN,

FIRST KNIGHT and PRIMAL

FEAR. In Christmas of 2002

Gere sang and danced his

way onto the big screen in

the Academy Award winning

film adaptation of CHICAGO,

playing the infamous lawyer

Billy Flynn, for which he won

his first Golden Globe Award

as Best Actor in a Musical or

Comedy.


ARTIST HIGHLIGHT

Alfred Molina is an accomplished

and versatile actor with more than

70 film, television and theater

productions to his credit. He

reunites with Lasse Hallstrom on

THE HOAX, after having starred in

the director’s CHOCOLAT with

Johnny Depp. Molina recently

completed the feature THE LITTLE

TRAITOR, an adaptation of the

award-winning Amos Oz novel,

Panther in the Basement. Produced

by Marilyn Hall and written and

directed by Lynn Roth, the movie

will be released in 2007.

ALFRED MOLINA

(Dick Suskind)

Actors help us: laugh, be happy, cry, get angry,

and even think. Can there be any better gifts


ARTIST HIGHLIGHT

Filmmakers are Revolutionaries,

Not Just Entertainers

LASSE HALLSTROM

(Director)

His most recent film was the romantic

comedy CASANOVA with Heath

Ledger. Another recent film, AN

UNFINISHED LIFE, features Robert

Redford and Morgan Freeman.

Hallström's acclaimed adaptation of

Joanna Harris' CHOCOLAT, starring

Juliette Binoche, Johnny Depp and

Judi Dench, earned five Academy

Award® nominations, including Best

Picture. Hallström received a second

Oscar nomination for Best Director for

his work on THE CIDER HOUSE

RULES, starring Tobey Maguire,

Charlize Theron and Michael Caine.


The fact that the purported author

wasn’t one of the country’s leading

journalists but a little known writer

named Clifford Irving did raise some

eyebrows. Irving, in fact, had previously

written a book entitled FAKE!, all about

the inner workings of art forger Elmyr

de Hory, which could have tipped

someone off. But no.

TRIVIA AND NEWS

In1971, McGraw-Hill announced it had

acquired for the then-immense sum of

nearly a million dollars the rights to

publish Howard Hughes’ memoir. This

would have been the publishing coup of

the century. At the time, Hughes was

the richest, most powerful man in the

world, yet this prevailing icon was so

reclusive that just about everybody

wanted to know more about his

mysterious, secretive and alluring

personal life.


EXTENDED SYNOPSIS

Stories are Transforming

In 1971, Clifford Irving achieved

the very heights of American

journalism, nabbing a series of

unprecedented interviews with

the most famous man in the

world – ultra-reclusive,

immensely powerful, superstar

billionaire Howard Hughes –

revealing his most intimate

memories and controversial

secrets.

Actually, that’s a lie.


EXTENDED SYNOPSIS

All Kids are Born Artistic

What is Natural is Essential

In 1971, writer Clifford Irving told

an incredible whopper – one that

became one of the most

audacious and outrageous

hoaxes ever perpetrated on the

media and American public.

Claiming to have obtained

Howard Hughes’ long soughtafter

memoirs, Irving pulled the

wool over the entire publishing

industry’s eye s, and nearly

made off with major cash and

worldwide fame, until his clever

yarn unraveled into a serious

crime.


EXTENDED SYNOPSIS

Stories Embody the Essence

of Being Human

Now from Academy Award®nominated

director Lasse

Hallström (CIDER HOUSE

RULES, CHOCOLAT) comes

THE HOAX, a riveting caper

inspired by Irving’s untrue

story. Jumping off from the

still controversial facts

surrounding Irving’s ruse into

a fictional reverie, the film

mischievously and

imaginatively explores how a

man, an industry and an entire

nation could become

intoxicated by a good story . .

. in sheer defiance of the fact

that it never really happened.


EXTENDED SYNOPSIS

Cinematic Story Telling is a

Profoundly Humanizing endeavor.

Richard Gere takes on the roguish role of Clifford Irving, an

ambitious yet struggling writer who’s been looking for that one

big story for so long, he brazenly decides to make one up. At first

the idea is just a savvy artistic prank, but if that’s what the world

wants, Irving believes he can take it further. Shrouding himself in

a clever cloud of secrecy, he drops the news to a major publisher

that he has been approached by the one man the entire world

most wants to know about – aviator, movie mogul, ladies man

and eccentric billionaire Howard Hughes – to ink his priceless

biography.


EXTENDED SYNOPSIS

Film making is a

Community Event.

There’s just one little problem:

not a word of what Clifford is

saying has an ounce of truth to

it. He’s never so much as seen

a glimpse of the real Howard

Hughes. But Irving banks on

the idea that Hughes’ seclusion

and notoriously thin hold on

reality will allow the con to

succeed.

Clifford soon finds himself in a

wild maze of treachery, as he is

forced to dodge the fallout of

his falsehoods at every turn.

What started as an adventurous

lark soon turns into a

seemingly inescapable maze of

forgeries, thefts, tall tales,

deceptions and

impersonations.


CRITICAL OPINION

A great movie lurks within this tale of a 1971

literary hoax elaborate enough to put James

Frey to shame.

Stephanie Zacharek, Salon.com

A surprisingly layered vehicle for a

maniacally conniving Richard Gere, backed

up by a superb Alfred Molina as his

accomplice.

Deborah Young, Variety

The filmmakers catch the right glittery look

and paranoid intensity, and they make gutsy

speculations about the story beneath the

story.

Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune

Gere gives 'em the old razzle-dazzle with his

roguish charm and sharp comic timing. The

surprise is the unexpected feeling he brings

to this challenging role.

Peter Travers, Rolling Stone


FILM REVIEW:

HOAX

At the heart of the film about Clifford Irving –a man so brilliant

at lying, he started to buy his own falsehoods– is this simple

truth: Deceit evolves into self-deceit. Deceit ultimately hurts

the deceiver. And that is the “take home” point of this

masterfully produced film.

Deceit can be a “beautiful place” –filled with all kinds of “good

things” cooked up by the imagination. But the fruit is bitter

and often disastrous. Shakespeare was right when he wrote,

“This above all: to thine own self be true; And it must follow,

as the night the day; Thou canst not then be false to any man.”

Art is the Language of Liberation

Review by

David Bruce

THE ATTRACTIVE NATURE OF DECEIT


LIFE CONNECTIONS

Art is a Liberating Force

THE ATTRACTIVE NATURE OF DECEIT

Like her character, Julie Delpy found aspects

of Clifford Irving surprisingly attractive,

despite his slippery relationship to the truth. “I

think there’s something very strong about

daring to do something like he did.”

As for why his character is so easily taken in

by Irving’s ploy, Stanley Tucci says: “He

believes in Clifford because, like everyone

else, he simply wants so badly to believe. It’s

such a huge story for him and once he takes

an extreme risk, his reputation is on the line.”

Tucci believes the human need to believe in a

great story, even if it’s not true.

THE ATTRACTIVE NATURE OF DECEIT


FINDING TRUTH IN

THIS PARTICULAR STORY

Society is only as free as its arts.

Art is the voice of human freedom.

Truth is beautiful, without

doubt; but so are lies.

--Ralph Waldo Emerson

Nothing is easier than selfdeceit.

For what each man

wishes, that he also believes to

be true.

--Demosthenes (384 BC - 322

BC)

The pleasures of the world are

deceitful; they promise more

than they give. They trouble us

in seeking them, they do not

satisfy us when possessing

them and they make us despair

in losing them.

--Madame de Lambert

THE ATTRACTIVE NATURE OF DECEIT


WHY MOVIES ARE SO IMPORTANT

To Restrict Creativity is to Restrict

the very Nature of the Creator

"The meaning of life is the most urgent of

questions" --Albert Camus (Existentialist thinker).

In “Movies and the Meaning of Life” author Kimberly

Blessing points out that movies can help us reflect

on five of life’s most important questions:

1) What is reality and how can I know it

2) How can I find my true identity

3) What the significance of my interactions with

others

4) What’s the point of my life

5) How ought I to live my life

The idea behind Visual Hollywood is that Movies can

and must play an essential role helping us explore

the meaning of our existence and our life together.

No other quest is more necessary or important.

Movies are powerful. Movies bring personal

meaning, and can contribute to a peaceful world.

Cinematic story telling can be a transforming event.

Visual Hollywood takes

an existential approach

to life. We celebrate

with human freedom.

We use movies and the

arts as a means of

understanding the

human condition and

our collective relation

to the world around us.

Our basic quest is:

1. To know what it

means to be human in

the world.

2. The pursuit of human

freedom.


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