Saturday, April 14, 2007
The story of Clifford Irving's fabrication of a Howard Hughes autobiography in the early 70s, makes for interesting film in The Hoax. Irving is a desperate author, who thinks writing about Hughes is the perfect project, because the recluse would never appear to defend himself. As the pressure of legitimizing the story intensifies, watching Irving decline and become delusional, is fascinating. He actually seems to start believing himself. Irving manipulates his wife, best friend and publisher. This is a wonderful performance from Richard Gere as Irving.