Beltracchi: The Art of Forgery

A highly enjoyable look at a career spent duping the art world...fascinating.

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Beltracchi: The Art of Forgery

CBS’s 60 Minutes called Wolfgang Beltracchi a “con man of epic proportions” and dubbed him and his wife Helene, “the Bonnie and Clyde of the art world.” For nearly 40 years the charming and effervescent Beltracchi produced hundreds of meticulous works of art, forgeries of early and mid-20th century artists, using old canvases and distressed frames scoured from flea markets and paints whose pigments he ground himself. Amazingly, he didn’t reproduce known paintings, but, working in an artist’s style, would create entirely new “masterpieces.” A large Max Ernst that took him three days to produce could sell for $5 million. Beltracchi was put on trial in 2011, but readily admits that the handful of forgeries he was held accountable for are just the tip of the iceberg. Many others sit in some of the world’s greatest art museums and private collections. This documentary captures his unique personality: a bizarre mix of candor and cunning, insouciance and joie de vivre. ~
Karen Copper, THE FILM FORUM NYC

WINNER Best Documentary Award, German Film Awards

“One of his forgeries hung in a show at the Met. Steve Martin bought another... So how did a self-described German hippie pull off one of the biggest, most lucrative cons in art world history?” – Joshua Hammer, Vanity Fair
Genre
Documentary, Bio-pic, Crime
Runtime
93
Language
German, English, French
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