5 great movies about deception
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LOS ANGELES (AP) — When scandalous tales of fraud involving superstar athletes Lance Armstrong and Manti Te'o were exposed in the last week, connections to films were immediate and obvious. The story of Notre Dame Football hero Te'o falling for a fake dead girlfriend on the Internet called to mind the documentary "Catfish." And disgraced cyclist Armstrong, who has finally admitted to doping in winning the Tour de France a record seven times, is already the subject of a biopic that's in the works.
FILE - This undated publicity file photo released by Magnolia Pictures shows Dreama Walker in a scene from the film, "Compliance," a Magnolia Pictures release. (AP Photo/Courtesy Magnolia Pictures, File)
It's a huge topic that's been explored in myriad ways on screen, and you'd probably come up with five entirely different choices, but here are my picks for five great movies about deception:
— "Vertigo" (1958): Speaking of fake dead women. ... One of Alfred Hitchock's best, it also feels incredibly personal — stylish and frightening, of course but also achingly sad. Yes, Jimmy Stewart is being manipulated, being duped into serving as part of a murder plot. And he's foolish enough to let himself fall in love with Kim Novak's doomed, quintessentially icy Hitchcockian blonde not once but twice. But he's also deceiving himself, allowing his need for love to feed his obsessive quest to recreate that sensation all over again. Much is made of some of the film's most famous images — the push/pull effect as Stewart's character fights off his vertigo in the bell tower, the eerie, neon-green haze of the hotel room. But at its core, "Vertigo" is about needing to feel secure and loved.