i got these knockoff boots online and instead of the brand name on the tag they have the name of an apparently nonexistent martin scorsese movie??? what the fuck
I FIGURED OUT WHAT THIS IS SUPPOSED TO BE
After searching in depth on every possible term on these shoes, I ended up in the filmography of Italian producer Domenico Procacci, leading me to the film Gomorrah, which I noticed KINDA looks like Goncharov. So I did some digging into Gomorrah and it’s about the Naples mafia… which finally led me to finding this image
Martin Scorsese is on it because he lended his name to it to boost its reception in the US
This post has haunted me for so long I’m so glad I figured this out
According to this guy on Substack (so authoritative, I know), it looks like the boots wound up Like That because of OCR.
A computer “read” the Gomorrah poster in the same way that, say, @nostalgebraist-autoresponder can “read” a meme you send her. and just like how sometimes Frank badly misreads the text in a meme you send and goes off on a tangent about cats or something, the computer that did the OCR for the boots misread Gomorrah.
And so we get Goncharov, the greatest movie never made.
I have no idea why the knockoff boot company decided to make boots centered around the poster for Gomorrah, but here we are.
#I know I’m late here #you’ve probably seen this before #but‚ you know‚ for the record #(the first several Goncharov posts I saw were kayfabe and tbh I was completely willing to believe #that Tumblr had abruptly become obsessed with an obscure mafia movie) #(I’m still kind of confused as to why *now*) #(the earlier posts in this thread are from 2020‚ and yeah the one that figured out the Gomorrah connection is 2022-10-25 but #that was still like three weeks before it went big) #Goncharov