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Beltracchi: The Art of Forgery (2014)

Beltracchi - Die Kunst der Fälschung (original title)
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A mesmerizing, thought-provoking yet surprisingly amusing documentary on the life and times of Wolfgang Beltracchi, who tricked the international art world for nearly 40 years by forging ... See full summary »

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Arne Birkenstock
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Wolfgang Beltracchi Wolfgang Beltracchi ... Self
Helene Beltracchi Helene Beltracchi ... Self
Henrik Hanstein Henrik Hanstein ... Self
James Roundell James Roundell ... Self
Monsieur Ommeslaghe Monsieur Ommeslaghe ... Self (as Bernhard Van Ommeslaghe)
Madame Ommeslaghe Madame Ommeslaghe ... Self
Sofia Komarova Sofia Komarova ... Self
Niklas Maak Niklas Maak ... Self
René Allonge René Allonge ... Self
Henry Keazor Henry Keazor ... Self
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A mesmerizing, thought-provoking yet surprisingly amusing documentary on the life and times of Wolfgang Beltracchi, who tricked the international art world for nearly 40 years by forging and selling paintings of early 20th-century masters. A larger-than-life personality who was responsible for the biggest art forgery scandal of the postwar era. Written by Anonymous

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Don't Be No Run Around
Written by Olaf Didolff
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Lost translation, Found Wit and Color
7 June 2017 | by cmnoonanSee all my reviews

Beltracchi's journey is what some will deem despicable and others like myself will look at with awe. Birkenstock has captured Wolfgang and Helene Beltracchi's rise and fall of undermining the art world with poise. The film follows the couple through their estate, dinner parties with friends, and old rounds of gathering supplies, reminiscent of the days before their arrest. The victims of the Beltracchi's are visited and recall their time acquiring one of his forgeries. The movie is subtitled as it is mainly in German, but also features some French and English. Although the story is told clearly by Wolfgang, Helen, and others involved in his master scheme, in the translation the attention to small details like the emotions Wolfgang felt painting at the same place as many artists of the Fauvist movement are lost. That set aside, Birkenstock makes sure to let both sides have their say in terms of the ethics behind forgery. One theme is carried throughout—Wolfgang is not sorry and it's up to the viewer to agree or not.


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German | English | French

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6 March 2014 (Germany) See more »

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Mèze, Hérault, France See more »

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$168,238
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