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3.2
24 Ratings

Art and Craft

United States, 2014
Documentary

Synopsis

When one of the most prolific art forgers in US history is finally exposed, he must confront the legacy of his 30-year con.

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Art and Craft Directed by Sam Cullman, Jennifer Grausman, Mark Becker
The closer you get to one of master art forger Mark Landis’s faked paintings, the stranger the idea of celebrating individual creation seems. Meanwhile, the closer you get to Landis, the more you learn over the course of the film, the odder and more distinctive he appears. One of the great documentary characters, Landis evokes Robert Crumb or maybe Edith and Edie, but truly can be compared to no one we’ve seen in mainstream nonfiction.
January 09, 2015
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This documentary depicts Landis as a pitiable but compelling eccentric who fools collectors just for the pleasure of it; he’s never been prosecuted because he’s never asked for money for any of his paintings… Directors Sam Cullman and Jennifer Grausman maintain a bright tone and a melancholy undercurrent, which combine in an eminently watchable character study.
October 08, 2014
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Sam Cullman, Jennifer Grausman and Mark Becker’s compelling but dubious documentary begins toward the end of Landis’s counterfeiting career, after he’s been outed in several magazine and newspaper profiles but is still occasionally bequeathing his forgeries under different aliases… When [Landis] ventures out into the world… he’s painted as more of a freak to gawk at—an off-kilter copy of a human being as opposed to truly, deeply human.
September 15, 2014
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