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Reuters: Tale of U.S. book scam wins over Rome film festival

By Indiewire | Indiewire October 16, 2006 at 4:05AM

One of the biggest literary scams hit the screen on Sunday with "The Hoax," the story of how a frustrated author conned America's publishing world into believing he had written the memoirs of Howard Hughes. Richard Gere plays Clifford Irving, the writer who sold the bogus "autobiography" of the reclusive billionaire to publishers McGraw-Hill in 1971 for more than $1 million. Gere won warm applause for his performance at the Rome Film Festival, where the premiere of the film directed by Swedish filmmaker Lasse Hallstrom was screening on Sunday. Silvia Aloisi reports.
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One of the biggest literary scams hit the screen on Sunday with "The Hoax," the story of how a frustrated author conned America's publishing world into believing he had written the memoirs of Howard Hughes. Richard Gere plays Clifford Irving, the writer who sold the bogus "autobiography" of the reclusive billionaire to publishers McGraw-Hill in 1971 for more than $1 million. Gere won warm applause for his performance at the Rome Film Festival, where the premiere of the film directed by Swedish filmmaker Lasse Hallstrom was screening on Sunday. Silvia Aloisi reports.





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