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 ...
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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
If you wouldn't know from whom a painting is, but loved it still, would it matter if someone else made it? If it looks like a duck ... well you know the saying, but apparently in this case it's not a duck (not that back then it always was a duck either). But the man behind one of the biggest scandals in the art world (according to the press I reckon and this movie), is mesmerizing enough to keep you interested in what he has to say.
He never apologizes, quite the contrary which will make some furious and other bemused. The movie is really good, but whoever saw the (fake?) documentary "Exit through the gift shop" knows there is a "movie" out there that goes beyond what we see here. And while this one is for real, you can't shake the feeling that it couldn't have happened. Not to mention the sums that being paid for paintings ... are you kidding me? It's a documentary in a grey zone because some might actually feel sorry for the buyers and others for the "artist" ...
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