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14th Jan '18 10:30:58 PM jormis29
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* ''Film/{{Bombshell}}'' features Creator/JeanHarlow as Lola Burns, in a satirical take on the life of Clara Bow. Lola wants to get married and retire to the desert, which Bow did in RealLife.

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* ''Film/{{Bombshell}}'' features Creator/JeanHarlow as Lola Burns, in a satirical take on the life of Clara Bow.Creator/ClaraBow. Lola wants to get married and retire to the desert, which Bow did in RealLife.
9th Dec '17 2:49:31 AM eroock
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8th Dec '17 4:11:33 PM eroock
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7th Dec '17 12:33:30 PM jamespolk
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* ''Film/TheHarderTheyFall'': This film, in which sleazy boxing promoters build up a boxer named Toro into a heavyweight championship contender via a series of fixed fights, is a take on the controversial career of Primo Carnera, 1930s boxer. Like Toro, Carnera was a foreign import (Argentina for Toro, Italy for Carnera). Like Toro, Carnera was a giant of a man who hulked over the smaller heavyweights of that era. Like Toro, Carnera was in the clutches of shady corrupt promoters. Like Toro, Carnera won a series of boxing matches that were later said to be rigged in his favor. Like Toro, Carnera takes a brutal beating when he faces a real boxer, getting knocked down 11 times before he finally loses by TKO. And just to make it more obvious, the boxer who knocks out Toro is played by Max Baer, who knocked out Carnera in RealLife, and thus is playing a fictionalized version of himself.
2nd Dec '17 6:15:49 PM nombretomado
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* ''Kanadehon Chūshingura'' is a puppet show (later adapted to Kabuki) that tells the tale of TheFortySevenRonin. Due to the Shogunate's censorship laws, however, the names are changed and it is nominally set in the UsefulNotes/SengokuJidai, instead of the Edo period.

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* ''Kanadehon Chūshingura'' is a puppet show (later adapted to Kabuki) that tells the tale of TheFortySevenRonin.UsefulNotes/The47Ronin. Due to the Shogunate's censorship laws, however, the names are changed and it is nominally set in the UsefulNotes/SengokuJidai, instead of the Edo period.
8th Aug '17 8:39:45 PM PaulA
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* The vast majority of Jack Kerouac's novels are simply retellings of things that happened to him and the other Beat writers, with the names changed (and some parts taken out, as the first draft of ''On The Road'' reveals). ''On The Road'' and ''Visions of Cody'' focus on his best friend Neal Cassady, ''The Dharma Bums'' is about his adventures with Gary Snyder, ''And The Hippos Were Boiled In Their Tanks'' (written with William S. Burroughs) was about a mutual friend who murdered a lover, and so forth. It became so well-known that the publisher insisted he use different character names in each book to prevent legal trouble for anyone involved, but [[http://www.everything2.com/index.pl?node_id=1385865 they can still be decoded easily]].

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* The vast majority of Jack Kerouac's Creator/JackKerouac's novels are simply retellings of things that happened to him and the other Beat writers, with the names changed (and some parts taken out, as the first draft of ''On The Road'' ''Literature/OnTheRoad'' reveals). ''On The Road'' and ''Visions of Cody'' focus on his best friend Neal Cassady, ''The Dharma Bums'' is about his adventures with Gary Snyder, ''And The Hippos Were Boiled In Their Tanks'' (written with William S. Burroughs) Creator/WilliamSBurroughs) was about a mutual friend who murdered a lover, and so forth. It became so well-known that the publisher insisted he use different character names in each book to prevent legal trouble for anyone involved, but [[http://www.everything2.com/index.pl?node_id=1385865 they can still be decoded easily]].
8th Jul '17 9:45:21 AM nombretomado
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The name is pronounced "Ro-''mahn'' ah ''cleff''." It's French for, roughly, "novel with a key" (read: decoder ring). As seen [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roman_a_clef here]] on TheOtherWiki, sometimes the key to who the names were supposed to be would be published and in circulation. It has nothing at all to do with [[IncrediblyLamePun unusual Italian musical notation]] or [[Wiki/SCPFoundation Dr. Alto Clef]].

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The name is pronounced "Ro-''mahn'' ah ''cleff''." It's French for, roughly, "novel with a key" (read: decoder ring). As seen [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roman_a_clef here]] on TheOtherWiki, Wiki/TheOtherWiki, sometimes the key to who the names were supposed to be would be published and in circulation. It has nothing at all to do with [[IncrediblyLamePun unusual Italian musical notation]] or [[Wiki/SCPFoundation Dr. Alto Clef]].



* Creator/BertoltBrecht's ''Theatre/TheResistibleRiseOfArturoUi'' tells of the rise to power of UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler up to the Night of the Long Knives, but tells it through the setting of a MobWar in 1930s [[{{gangsterland}} Chicago]]. Quoting from TheOtherWiki: "All the characters and groups in the play had direct counterparts in real life, with Ui representing Hitler, his henchman Ernesto Roma representing Ernst Röhm, Dogsborough representing Paul von Hindenburg (a pun on the German Hund and Burg), Emanuele Giri representing Göring, the Cauliflower Trust representing the Prussian Junkers, the fate of the town of Cicero standing for the Anschluss in Austria and so on."

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* Creator/BertoltBrecht's ''Theatre/TheResistibleRiseOfArturoUi'' tells of the rise to power of UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler up to the Night of the Long Knives, but tells it through the setting of a MobWar in 1930s [[{{gangsterland}} Chicago]]. Quoting from TheOtherWiki: Wiki/TheOtherWiki: "All the characters and groups in the play had direct counterparts in real life, with Ui representing Hitler, his henchman Ernesto Roma representing Ernst Röhm, Dogsborough representing Paul von Hindenburg (a pun on the German Hund and Burg), Emanuele Giri representing Göring, the Cauliflower Trust representing the Prussian Junkers, the fate of the town of Cicero standing for the Anschluss in Austria and so on."
17th Jun '17 2:34:24 AM Alvin
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** Also, in the Literature/NeroWolfe short story ''See No Evil/The Squirt and the Monkey'' Wolfe 'decodes' a comic strip for a clue to a murder.
19th May '17 6:08:47 AM DoctorNemesis
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* Not an example itself, but the Literature/NeroWolfe novel ''Murder By The Book'' revolves the murder of a man who wrote a ''Roman a Clef'' about unscrupulous goings on around the law firm in which he worked, with the book containing various clues about various unethical things that several people who worked there would rather were kept secret...
10th May '17 1:42:30 PM Kafkesque
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* An InUniverse example is a RunningGag in ''Film/TheDarjeelingLimited''; Jack's family have all read his novel and talk as if it's obvious that it's about them. Jack's automatic response is always "[[BlatantLies The characters are all fictional.]]"
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