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A Real Vermeer (2016)

The life story of Dutch painter Han van Meegeren, from his beginnings as a rebellious young artist in 1920s Amsterdam to his rise to infamy as one of the most ingenious art forgers of all time.
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Credited cast:
Jeroen Spitzenberger ... Han van Meegeren
Lize Feryn ... Jolanka Lakatos
Roeland Fernhout Roeland Fernhout ... Theo van der Pas
Porgy Franssen Porgy Franssen ... Abraham Bredius
Dewi Reijs ... Anna van Meegeren
Mingus Dagelet Mingus Dagelet ... Jac van Meegeren
Raymond Thiry ... The Prosecutor
Claude Humbert Claude Humbert ... Hermann Göring
Hans Croiset Hans Croiset ... The President of the Court
Viviane de Muynck Viviane de Muynck ... The Psychiatrist
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Marc Bonert Marc Bonert ... Kissing nazi
Hayo De Wilde Hayo De Wilde ... Jac van Meegeren (6 y.o.)
Casimiro Fernandes Casimiro Fernandes ... Painting art expert
Éric Gigout Éric Gigout ... Deutscher Offizier
Fabrice Godfroid Fabrice Godfroid ... Court clerk
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Young and talented Han van Meegeren is a rebel in the early 1920's Amsterdam art-scene. Because he paints in the style of his idols Rembrandt and Vermeer, critics find his work old-fashioned and they call him a copycat. Just to prove a point, he produces a fake Vermeer and tries to pass it off as a real one. It works. Instead of revealing the truth and thereby embarrassing the art world, he continues to make money off of his many forgeries. Soon he is caught in a web of lies and deceit, and his life spins out of control. Then one day, high ranking Nazi Hermann Göring knocks on his door, looking for a Vermeer for his private collection... Written by Rinkel Film

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Dutch

Release Date:

3 November 2016 (Netherlands) See more »

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A Real Van Meegeren See more »

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Budget:

€3,900,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

€33,386 (Netherlands), 6 November 2016, Limited Release
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A real style copiest
20 January 2019 | by pietclausenSee all my reviews

Seeing the film I concluded that Van Meegeren used the painting style and signature of Vermeer which received recognition as Vermeer paintings. Had he painted them under his own name, he would never have become famous.

I am no expert but isn't it strange that when a famous name paints a picture, every art critic or expert will say how good it is, but had an unknown person painted it, no one will except it as good initially until he is dead (not to step out of line). This means that art critics and experts don't know what constitutes good art and are no better than the average man. An average man will adore a painting as good art in the eyes of the beholder.

I had never heard of this painter and watched the show for this purpose. The film was more an art movie than a drama, not to my liking, style and type of movie for enjoyment. In my eyes Van Meegeren was an excellent painter, if experts accepted the paintings as Vermeer's!


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