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Beltracchi: The Art Of Forgery (2015/Kimstim/Icarus DVD)

Picture: B- Sound: B Extras: B Film: B

Arne Birkenstock's Beltracchi: The Art of Forgery (2015) is a stunning and beautiful shot German documentary that tells the story of one of the most infamous art capers known to man. The film studies the 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.

The film features interviews those who know him and those who were stunned by what he accomplished. Featuring beautiful shots of Beltracchi working behind the scenes in his studio and featuring a fun soundtrack, this easy to watch documentary will hypnotize you until its conclusion and is a must see for art lovers and not be be confused with the recent documentary Art And Craft, reviewed here...


Presented in standard definition with an anamorphically enhanced 1.85:1 aspect ratio and a 5.1 lossy Dolby German audio track with English subtitles, the film looks and sounds good on DVD, but could benefit from a Blu-ray upgrade.

Extras include:

Interview with Wolfgang and Helene Beltrachhi

Interview with Filmmaker Arne Birkenstock

Art Authenticator's visit Beltracchi's studio

All in all, this is a fascinating documentary that you shouldn't miss!

- James Lockhart



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