The Art of the Con

‘American Hustle’ & ‘The Wolf of Wall Street’

We’ve all seen movies in which con men don disguises, but when Irving Rosenfeld, the fraudster-hero of David O. Russell’s rambunctious comedy-drama American Hustle, reappoints the top of his head—with numerous hair pieces and a comb-over—he isn’t really disguising himself for a specific swindle. He’s just firming up his daily persona. With his awful 1970s coiffure and lounge-lizard...

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Richard Alleva has been reviewing movies for Commonweal since 1990.