Art and Craft – When one of the most prolific art forgers in US history is finally exposed, he must confront the legacy of his 30-year con.

Art and Craft (2014)
Director: Sam Cullman, Jennifer Grausman, Mark Becker
Stars: Mark A. Landis, Lester Sullivan, Irwin Lakov
Genre: Documentary
Country: United States
Language: English
Release Date: April 17, 2014 (Tribeca Film Festival)
Filming Location: Cincinnati, Ohio, USA

ART AND CRAFT is the story of the charismatic, complex Mark Landis, perhaps the most prolific art forger in US history. For over 30 years, he’s duped curators throughout the country with precise imitations of a vast range of works, from fifteenth century masterpieces to Picasso. His actions are mysterious to many — while he could fetch millions on the open market, he donates his counterfeits for free, going so far as to pose in such guises as a Jesuit priest or a philanthropic donor. Enter Matthew Leininger, a registrar from Cincinnati who was conned by Landis years ago and who has been pursuing him obsessively ever since. What begins as a game of cat-and-mouse between Leininger and Landis eventually turns into something more surprising and complicated, proving once again that truth can be stranger than fiction.

By award winning filmmaker Sam Cullman& Jennifer Grausman (If A Tree Falls, The House I Live In, Pressure Cooker).

„For film that mainly focuses on documenting an odd, old man with very strange behavior, it’s very well put together and is fascinating to watch.

As for the critique on here about not exploring the „Why?” surround his behavior, I think the film let’s you answer that yourself. It presents all the information in a neutral way and doesn’t form an opinion or spoon feed the viewer. Perhaps there is are no answers to – Does he know what he’s doing? Is he a bad person? Is he malicious or does he think he’s helping in some way? It’s a tribute to the film that you aren’t left with answers.

You’ll be talking about this film long afterwards.”
– written by „chris-233-201699” on

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