The Art Of Forgery (2015/Kimstim/Icarus DVD)
B- Sound: B Extras: B Film: B
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.
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
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.
with Wolfgang and Helene Beltrachhi
with Filmmaker Arne Birkenstock
Authenticator's visit Beltracchi's studio
in all, this is a fascinating documentary that you shouldn't miss!