Many moviegoers have long been under the impression that “Angels with Dirty Souls” is a real movie. After Collider the article called it one of the best “movies in the cinema”. Reddit thread popped up with comments from movie fans who were clueless. “For most of my childhood, I thought it was a real movie—they captured the 40s noir aesthetic so well that I was convinced all my life that it was some little-known classic. [until I discovered IMDb]- one of the users of Reddit. wrote. “I thought this movie was a real movie for years” – another agreed. “I was [and am 46] when I learned it. Like now” added another.
In 2018 actor Seth Rogen tweeted that “all childhood” he considered the old film “Home Alone” to be real. And he was not alone. Even movie star Macaulay Culkin, answered to Rogen’s tweet to admit that he always thought the clip was from a real Hollywood movie.
According to Vanity Fair, “Angels with Dirty Souls” was created specifically for “Home Alone” and was filmed in an empty high school gym during a one-day shoot. Art director Dan Webster said the only reason the mini-movie was even given a title was to tag a VHS tape played by Kevin McCallister. In an interview with Hollywood Reporter, cinematographer Julio Macat revealed that the faux film was meant to be an homage to James Cagney’s classic 1938 Humphrey Bogart film Angels with Dirty Faces. “We just wanted to get the feel of a classic gangster movie,” he said. Based on the huge confusion of the fans, mission accomplished.
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