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Classic Crime Cinema: Masters of Deception

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For the winter session of this on-going study group on classic crime movies, the subject will be the practitioners of “theft by deception” - con men, cheaters, scammers, hustlers, and imposters - who acquire their ill-gotten gains from unwary victims. Such individuals, while smart and clever, are nonetheless criminals who steal by subterfuge instead of force. The four films that will be presented and discussed are: The Sting (1973), con men versus mob boss; Catch Me If You Can (2002), a true story of an imposter and forger who stays one step ahead of the FBI; House of Games (1987), a psychiatrist studying the con game falls prey to an elaborate scam; and, The Hoax (2006), the true story of an author who writes a fake biography and almost pulls off the media scam of the century. Discussion, including how to avoid being victimized in real life, will follow each film.

Class Details

4 Sessions
Weekly - Thu

Wieboldt Hall

William McGuffage 



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Schedule Information

Date(s) Class Days Times Location Instructor(s) Instructional Method
1/16/2020 - 2/6/2020 Weekly - Thu 1:15 PM - 4:15 PM Chicago, Wieboldt Hall  Map William McGuffage  ClassRoom

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