Cinema is a medium that is, by nature, based around deception. Deception plays a role of central importance , as far as the storytelling mechanisms of cinema go. Many think this is because cinema has the most potential when it comes to using deception as a storytelling tactic. Shortly after its inception, film-making's early innovators would discover just how effective this technique really was when it came to manipulating audiences. This would be particularly evident in the genius of George Melies, who was pioneer of early special effects. His films were essentially his way of performing mind-blowing magic in a totally new way, as far back as the late 1800's. Since then there have been all sorts of films that have focused on one part or another of the film-making process. The bulk of these films provide us with some sort of inside information about a behind-the-scenes aspect of the industry- which most of us are not usually exposed and therefore privy to. Others, though, have exaggerated or taken "artistic liberties" with certain aspects of the industry or just straight-up lied about their origins. A few of these have made today's list. But it wasn't really until the dawn of the documentary that the truly deceptive potential of cinema would be unlocked and exploited to the fullest extent. Since the 1920's, documentaries have been considered, by the general public, to purport facts and perpetuate truths in an authoritative manner...with viewers having been conditioned to accept this, often uncritically. This is known as the "expository" model. Realizing an opportunity to employ their bag of tricks had arisen, filmmakers of all kinds have been coming up with creative ways to exploit our quickness to accept what we see and here on the screen... just because the way it is shot. Good thing we have film studies majors and media analysts from around the world picking over the truths behind the lies of these types of films. Thanks to them we are now in-the-know about at least some of the ways in which we have been duped. Now, we are even starting to see films that confront these issues comically- knowing we now know how we were being deceived, and playing off that for fun and reflection. The following films have all lied about the nature of film-making in one way or another. And now...on with the list...enjoy!!!