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American Hustle Film Analysis
American Hustle revolves around the theme of lies and deceit, which form the basis
of defrauding. In reference to the film, these two themes are used for the purpose of gaining
information or in order to use a particular person’s influence as an asset. In essence, the film
shows how a person is able to use deceit for profit as evident in Irving Rosenfeld and Sydney
Prosser’s nature of business as well as their relationship. In reference to the film, Sydney
walks back into Irving’s office while accepting his offer to become his business partner in the
swindling business. Sydney walks back with a British accent saying “You said it was nice
knowing me, you said it was nice to meet me. Would you like to meet Lady Edith Greasley?
I have royal banking connections in London” (0:16:41). The movie also shows how adverse
circumstances such as poverty, can lead one to the extremes of becoming one of the most
notorious swindlers in the country. Irving and Sydney had previously been living desperate
lives that caused them to develop a coping strategy. This coping strategy involved pretending
to be people who they were not, and benefiting financially from such an identity. However,
this false life also led them to causing destruction in other people’s relationships, in addition
to destroying relationships with themselves. Right from the beginning of the film, Irving
Rosenfeld is depicted as a swindler who flourishes on deception. The scene shows how he
uses glue to hide his premature baldness. This shows that the director found it necessary to
show this part of the film so that the viewers could know from the beginning, how Irving was

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determined to deceive people in terms of who he actually was, and who he aspired to be.
However, one might see how the author uses this scene symbolically, to show the manner at
which Irving conducts his business operations. He had a laundry business that he used to
make the federal government believe that he was involved in a legitimate business, whereas
it was not the case. He used the laundry business to cover up for the defrauding business that
he conducted.
Deception is evident in all the main characters too, who are Sydney Prosser, Irving
Rosenfield and Richie DiMaso. Having discussed about Irving’s deception in the previous
paragraph, it is evident that Sydney Prosser also deceives Richie DiMaso and Irving in their
initial contact with her. Sydney not only falsifies her identity, but also changes her American
accent to that of someone who comes from England. In the film, Irving’s voice over
mentions that Like me, she learnt how to survive and reinvent herself. She knew she had to
reinvent her life and her identity. And like me she envisioned a better, elegant future for
herself” (0:10:57). As such, Sydney reinvented a new identity that was everything but her.
Her accent manages to deceive a number of people into believing that she is royalty and that
she is associated with numerous people in powerful positions. It is with this identity that,
together with her boyfriend Irving, they manage to deceive different people into buying
shares into a company that was non-existence. While using the same identity, she attempts to
the FBI agent, Richie DiMaso- who later arrests her under the charges of fraud. However, the
director also shows how Richie also leads a life that is filled with deception. His role as an
FBI agent not only requires that he pretends to be someone that he is not, but he also
deceives his fiancé by having relations with Sydney. His greed for power and recognition
also causes him to pretend to be an interpreter of the sheikh from Arab who allegedly came

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Surname 1 American Hustle Film Analysis American Hustle revolves around the theme of lies and deceit, which form the basis of defrauding. In reference to the film, these two themes are used for the purpose of gaining information or in order to use a particular person’s influence as an asset. In essence, the film shows how a person is able to use deceit for profit as evident in Irving Rosenfeld and Sydney Prosser’s nature of business as well as their relationship. In reference to the film, Sydney walks back into Irving’s office while accepting his offer to become his business partner in the swindling business. Sydney walks back with a British accent saying “You said it was nice knowing me, you said it was nice to meet me. Would you like to meet Lady Edith Greasley? I have royal banking connections in London” (0:16:41). The movie also shows how adverse circumstances such as poverty, can lead one to the extremes of becoming one of the most notorious swindlers in the country. Irving and Sydney had previously been living desperate lives that caused them to develop a coping strategy. This coping strategy involved pretending to be people who they were not, and benefiting financially from such an identity. However, this false life also led them to causing destruction in other people’s relationships, in addition to destroying relationships with themselves. Right from the beginning of the film, Irving Rosenfeld is depicted ...
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