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Incognito (1997)

R  |   |  Crime, Thriller  |  13 March 1998 (USA)
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Harry Donovan is an art forger who paints fake Rembrandt picture for $500,000. The girl he meets and gets into bed with in Paris, Marieke, turns out to be an arts expert Harry's clients are... See full summary »

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Harry Donovan
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Prof. Marieke van den Broeck
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Turley (prosecutor)
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Iain Ill
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Milton A. Donovan
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Agachi
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Det. Sgt. Steed
Olivier Pierre ...
Lecuyer
Peter Gale ...
Westerbrook
David Marrick ...
Bright
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Harry Donovan is an art forger who paints fake Rembrandt picture for $500,000. The girl he meets and gets into bed with in Paris, Marieke, turns out to be an arts expert Harry's clients are using to check the counterfeit picture he painted. Written by Anonymous

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Harry Donovan is a master in the art of deception... trapped in a lie so perfect even the truth can't save him.

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Rated R for language, violence and brief sexuality | See all certifications »

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There is a scene in the film where Harry Donovan finds out about the death of his father (played by Rod Steiger) from heart failure in a newspaper clipping. The date of death given was Tuesday, July 9. Rod Steiger died five years later on Tuesday, July 9, 2002 of pneumonia and kidney failure. See more »

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When Harry Donovan is in Amsterdam and tries to buy painting in two different shops, both shop owners speak German and not Dutch. See more »

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Alastair Davies: I want you to paint me... a Rembrandt.
Harry Donovan: [pause] But only Rembrandt can paint Rembrandt.
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Referenced in An Interview with John Ottman (2002) See more »

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Acceptable Art Forgery thriller Starring Jason Patric
9 January 2010 | by (Dallas Tx United States75214) – See all my reviews

Harry Donovan is an art forger who paints fake Rembrandt picture for $500,000. The girl he meets & gets into bed with in Paris, Marieke turns out to be an arts expert. Harry's clients are using to check the counterfeit picture he painted. I knew this was going going to be a class A film but it does give a good the peek into the world of Art, Art History & Art Forgery. Anyone who considers themselves curious about Rembr&t, his place in the art world, & the art world's place in history will enjoy this movie. There are some interesting moments in this film, particularly for those who love art. The movie is actually much more complicated that the short summary I have provided. Jordan Katz's screenplay is full of authoritative, fascinating facts about how art is variously made, copied, authenticated & exposed as fake. 'Incognito' could serve as a handy tool for teaching courses in the detection of art forgery. Directed by John Badham, a Hollywood hack with a decent commercial track record (Saturday Night Fever, Short Circuit, War Games, Stakeout) Jason Patrick is really good in his role Patric is believable in his role as a suffering artist & skillfully shifts from unlikable to sympathetic. ; Irene Jacob is also good as his girlfriend (she is known for her films with Krzysztof Kieslowski) Rod Steiger plays a small role but still has the staying power of the great actor we know. The romance with Jacobs, who plays, Marieke van den Broeck, reminds us of a "39 Steps" Hitchcock kind of way. The European locales (Dutch, Spanish,Parisian) are very much like paintings & the director & cinematographer did a good job here. Too bad the DVD transfer was so poor. The film is well-directed. I found the DVD transfer poor & grainy etc. I guess in 1997 transfers were not as good as now. The movie looked pretty poor on my big screen HDTV. I think this film had limited release fared poorly & was sent right to DVD. Really I don't know why as it really a pretty acceptable thriller.


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