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: 47
- Fresh: 43
- 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.
A Compelling and Exciting Doc
There is a reason Art and Craft is shortlisted for the Academy Awards for Best Documentary. This film is wholly originally, thoroughly engaging, and tons of fun. It plays with the vivacity of a thrilling comedy like Catch Me If You Can, but also deals with deeper, thoughtful, and fascinating issues below the surface. The editing and score are second to none. What a fun film!
Fascinating film about a real-life art forger. Don't miss it!
Really fun and fascinating. Mark Landis is one of the best characters I've ever seen in any type of film.