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Con Man (2003)

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The true story of James Hogue, a brilliant impostor who embraced the American art of self-invention, fabricated a spectacular series of fictional identities for himself, and successfully conned his way into Princeton University

Director:

Jesse Moss

Writers:

Jesse Moss (interviews written and conducted by), David Samuels (interviews written and conducted by)

Star:

James Hogue
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The true story of James Hogue, a brilliant impostor who embraced the American art of self-invention, fabricated a spectacular series of fictional identities for himself, and successfully conned his way into Princeton University

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Very disappointing
15 October 2006 | by RipshinSee all my reviews

As a lover of documentaries, I approached this film with much interest. However, upon its conclusion, I feel I know very little about the motives of the main character. In addition, the chronology of the events are presented in a confusing fashion, with photographs and video utilized out of sequence, and repetitively.

Why did this man feel the need to reinvent his life so many times? What affect did his childhood have on his behavior? This film does not provide the answers.

The narration is dull. The eventual interview with the subject, after many years, is a let-down. It was exciting to see that the filmmaker had tracked down the subject after exploring his complicated life, but the resulting personal interview is inconclusive. Granted, the filmmaker could not force answers - but perhaps he was not asking the right questions.

Not recommended.


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