Friday, April 6, 2007
Today the dramatization of the Clifford Irving Howard Hughes biography hoax reaches the big screen. Mr. Irving's fake-ography was rejected when his ruses were found out, and he went to jail, but he eventually rehabilitated himself, and he writes about his adventure in The Hoax. A. O. Scott reviews the movie adaptation, in which Richard Gere plays Mr. Irving, in the New York Times here. For another consideration of Mr. Irving's work, and of the role of fakes and frauds in art and society, there's Orson Welles' F For Fake, in which Clifford discusses the question for the camera, Elmyr De Hory talks about faking famous painters, and Orson does some magic tricks.