May 26, 2022

Con artists, scammers, perpetrators of massive fraud — in recent weeks, Netflix has been spinning the crimes of villains like these into streaming gold. From the Top 10 drama The Tinder Swindler to The Puppet Master: Hunting the Ultimate Conman, much of the platform’s newest (and, arguably, best) content right now tells the story of professional liars. The newest addition to this category? Inventing Anna, about a fake German heiress who tried to talk her way into high society in the 2010s.

With little more than good looks and an exotic accent, she parlayed Insta-fame into a temporarily outsized bank account. Got invited to the right parties, the right meetings, and shook all the right hands. Until her lifestyle Ponzi scheme was eventually revealed for what it is. Ending with the young woman who wanted to be a version of Jay Gatsby ultimately trading her designer wardrobe for something else entirely: A drab prison jumpsuit.

Inventing Anna, now streaming on Netflix

“In Inventing Anna, a journalist with a lot to prove investigates the case of Anna Delvey, the Instagram-legendary German heiress who stole the hearts of New York’s social scene,” Netflix’s summary about the new show

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