Art and CraftHD Closed Captioning
Sam Cullman & Jennifer Grausman
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About the Movie
Mark Landis has been called one of the most prolific art forgers in US history. His impressive body of work spans thirty years, covering a wide range of painting styles and periods that includes 15th Century Icons, Picasso, and even Walt Disney. And while the copies could fetch impressive sums on the open market, Landis isn't in it for money. Posing as a philanthropic donor, a grieving executor of a family member’s will, and most recently as a Jesuit priest, Landis has given away hundreds of works over the years to a staggering list of institutions across the United States. But after duping Matthew Leininger, a tenacious registrar who ultimately discovers the decades-long ruse and sets out to expose his philanthropic escapades to the art world, Landis must confront his own legacy and a chorus of museum professionals clamoring for him to stop.ART AND CRAFT starts out as a cat-and-mouse art caper, rooted in questions of authorship and authenticity – but what emerges is an intimate story of obsession and the universal need for community, appreciation, and purpose.
Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews
- Reviews Counted: 46
- Fresh: 42
- Rotten: 4
- Average Rating: 7.5/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: Mr. Landis, who lives in Laurel, Miss., and has operated under several pseudonyms, is the enigmatic core of a movie that becomes pedestrian only when the focus switches to a one-man crusade to expose him.
Fresh: A fascinating look inside the troubled mind of a master of deception.
Fresh: This crazy-gazing docu never presumes to be much more than an extended version of the kind of story one might expect to see briefly spotlighted on 60 Minutes. Even so, all sorts of interesting questions.swirl beneath the surface.
Fresh: Deeply eccentric subject makes for an engaging art-doc.
This is one of the most intriguing films I've seen in years. Not only is it fascinating to learn about how and why an art forger donated his copies of masterpiece paintings to museums for years (never making any money from his forgeries), it's also interesting to discover how and why the "experts" accepted the forgeries into their collections. This film will keep you thinking for days!!
Mark Landis, the forger, shares his life with us, shedding light on one of the longest and most interesting art capers of this century .
The filmmakers have captured a bizarre story and have made it into a truly memorable film, with wonderful story telling, great camera work, superb editing, and music that hits the spot.
I highly recommend this film.
Really fun and fascinating. Mark Landis is one of the best characters I've ever seen in any type of film.
Such a Great Movie, especially if you’re an artist!
If you love art, this is really a great movie! If you are interested in art forgery, this is a great movie as well. This guy is SO SO SO talented!!! You would not believe it. It is a very interesting and fascinating movie, which I highly recommend to all art lovers!