TUMBLR takes fake news to a whole new level.
After promoting a “lost movie” about the Italian mafia, “Martin Scorsese’s Goncharov” is trending across the social media platform.
Why is Martin Scorsese’s Goncharov trending?
Martin Scorsese’s Goncharov is the most popular movie on Tumblr right now, even though it doesn’t actually exist.
Nevertheless, since November 21, 2022, the fake movie is the #1 trending topic on the platform and is taken very seriously by users.
Goncharov has even created media analysis, gif sets, memes, fan art, original theme music, and more.
The 1973 film reportedly stars Robert DeNiro as a Russian hitman and former club owner. It is set in Naples, Italy, with other cast members including Cybill Shepherd, Al Pacino, Gene Hackman and Harvey Keitel.
How did the rumors come about?
The non-existent film was made using a two-year-old photo posted by Tumblr user zootycoon of a pair of boots with a mysterious block of text.
“The greatest mafia movie of all time. Martin Scorsese presents GONCHAROV, a film by Matteo JWHJ0715, adding that the film is “about the Naples Mafia.”
In August 2020, a Missouri college student reblogged the image on her personal Tumblr, with the post gaining tremendous popularity in November.
According to The New York Times, “Michael Littrell, a musician from Minneapolis, has a theory.
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“After seeing the boots floating around on Tumblr for years, Mr. Littrell, who was studying journalism in college, started researching in October and eventually came across an Italian producer named Domenico Procacci. (Same producer named by the boots.)
From there, he connected the dots with a 2008 film about Italian organized crime called Gomorrah. Mr. Scorsese wasn’t the director, but according to Mr. Littrell, 24, and a year-old story from The Hollywood Reporter, “Gomorrah” had a presentation credit from the famous director when it arrived in the United States.
Who is Martin Scorsese?
Martin Charles Scorsese is an American film director, producer, screenwriter and actor.
He is the winner of an Academy Award, a Grammy Award, three Emmy Awards, four British Academy Film Awards, two Directors Guild of America Awards, an AFI Life Achievement Award and the Kennedy Center Honor in 2007.
Some of his most famous films are Goodfellas (1990), The Aviator (2004), The Wolf of Wall Street (2013), Uncut Gems (2019) and more.
The Hollywood legend has a net worth of $200 million, according to Celebrity Net Worth.