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Art and Craft (2014)

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Critic Consensus: The spotlight it shines on an apparently troubled mind may strike some viewers as exploitative, but Art and Craft remains a thoroughly gripping glimpse into the life of a legendary art forger.

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Mark Landis has been called one of the most prolific art forgers in US history. His impressive body of work spans thirty years, covering multiple styles and periods. And while the copies could fetch impressive sums on the open market, Landis isn't in it for money, but instead donates his fakes to museums across the country. When Matthew Leininger, a tenacious registrar in Cincinnati, discovers the ruse and organizes an exhibition of the work, Landis must confront his legacy and a chorus of museum professionals clamoring for him to stop. However, it's not so clear that he can. Landis is a diagnosed schizophrenic whose elaborate con is also a means to cultivate connection and respect - feeding what he now understands as an outright "addiction to philanthropy." ART AND CRAFT starts out as an art caper, rooted in questions of authorship and authenticity. What emerges is an unflinching exploration of life with mental illness and the universal need for community, appreciation, and purpose. (C) Oscilloscope

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All Critics (46) | Top Critics (16)

A thoroughly enjoyable and fascinating documentary about Landis' amazing feats as a forger and con man.

Full Review… | October 31, 2014
Philadelphia Inquirer
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It's the kind of story a filmmaker dreams of - and yet, "Art and Craft" leaves the viewer uneasy.

October 30, 2014
Seattle Times
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Perhaps the year's most delightfully charming documentary.

Full Review… | October 30, 2014
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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Sam Cullman, Jennifer Grausman, and Mark Becker, the directors of "Art and Craft," have themselves an enticing subject in Landis's activities. They do not have an enticing subject in Landis himself.

Full Review… | October 9, 2014
Boston Globe
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Directors Sam Cullman and Jennifer Grausman maintain a bright tone and a melancholy undercurrent, which combine in an eminently watchable character study.

Full Review… | October 9, 2014
Chicago Reader
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Wonderful and not a little sad.

Full Review… | October 8, 2014
San Diego Reader
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Audience Reviews for Art and Craft

½

Such an interesting story and character. It may feel a little icky because we are kinda peering into the life of someone whom is mentally ill (some would argue two people), but the feeling quickly dissipates for me if only because Mark seems such an interesting person.

Matt Heiser
Matt Heiser

t times rather bland, at other times pretty interesting, Art and Craft is a mixed bag documentary about a unique individual who spends his life pretending to be someone he's not. With someone as fascinating as Mark Landis as a subject, you'd think this film would be more interesting than it is, but it didn't really work for me as well as it did for others. Directors Becker and Cullman walk a thin line between mocking this man, who clearly has some kind of disability, and highlighting him as someone to be admired, since he's a forger. For me it never found a consistent tone that I could get on board with. Landis is very interesting to watch, because he is so strange, but at the same time, he can be very tiring to spend time with, because he is so grating. I'm not sure that Becker and Cullman could have done much different, I think it's just the nature of Landis' personality. Some of the forgery parts worked pretty well, but not enough to hold my interest throughout. I didn't hate my journey with Landis, but I can't really recommend it either.

Nathan Martin
Nathan Martin

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