Art and Craft Reviews

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June 20, 2017
Art and Craft provides a fascinating portrait of Landis' internal process and justification for what seem to be random acts of philanthropy.
February 2, 2015
This documentary about one of the most prolific forgers in history is a fascinating character study of two men, the forger, a man compelled to copy works of art and pass them off as originals, and the man compelled to stop him from from doing that.
January 19, 2015
The moviemakers have created a unique portrait of a highly unusual, gifted oddball who is -- unlike his paintings -- a true original.
November 24, 2014
Operating out of a crummy lifelong bachelor's apartment, this prolific art forger is an unassuming and even sympathetic mastermind. With his tall, thin frame and baldish head, he resembles an El Greco Eisenhower, accessorized with Alfred E. Neuman ears.
November 8, 2014
An insightful glimpse into mental illness and an obsession with fame. Just the story of a mild-mannered con man with issues. A film worth viewing.
November 7, 2014
A documentary about Mark Landis, a meek, eccentric Southerner who donated hundreds of his forged artworks to museums but never tried to make money off them.
November 5, 2014
An object lesson in how to make a good documentary
October 31, 2014
A thoroughly enjoyable and fascinating documentary about Landis' amazing feats as a forger and con man.
October 31, 2014
It's hard to dislike a guy who, at his worst, is a man (as Landis puts it) on a "philanthropic binge."
October 30, 2014
Craft has it easy in terms of documentary subjects, as Landis is ready for his close-up, eager to share a distorted idea of himself with viewers.
October 30, 2014
It's the kind of story a filmmaker dreams of - and yet, "Art and Craft" leaves the viewer uneasy.
October 30, 2014
What was intended to be a lurid stranger-than-fiction tale of high insanity in the world of high art instead turns into a gentle, loving character study that takes an empathetic, if still deeply puzzled, look at an unknowable man.
October 17, 2014
The filmmakers may not have made a great movie, but they have a remarkable subject.
October 17, 2014
An entertaining if rather rambling documentary [about] a crafty artist indeed.
October 15, 2014
Much like the experts drawn to Landis' paintings, Art and Craft effectively invites viewers to question the honesty of what's been placed inside the frame.
October 13, 2014
Cut 30 minutes and re-edit and there may be an interesting PBS program here.
October 10, 2014
There's a hint of exploitation, but it doesn't overpower the film's hilarious insights into the smug pretentiousness of the art world, nor its riveting examination of how copying others as made Landis an endearing original.
October 10, 2014
Landis is a lanky, quiet-spoken wisp of a man, his skull firm against the taut skin of his face, and sly amusement suffuses almost every pronouncement in a whispery, Truman Capote-like voice that is as still and clear as a bell.
October 9, 2014
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.
October 9, 2014
Directors Sam Cullman and Jennifer Grausman maintain a bright tone and a melancholy undercurrent, which combine in an eminently watchable character study.
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