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What sets "Beltracchi: The Art of Forgery" apart is how breezily compassionate it is toward a master deceiver and how damning its tone is toward a greedy art world that allowed him to flourish.
[An] engaging, funny documentary ...
A highly enjoyable look at a career spent duping the art world.
Too often "The Art of Forgery" turns into a how-to guide, initially interesting but ultimately belabored ...
While Mr. Beltracchi is an agreeable raconteur, and is much more knowledgeable than a mere armchair art historian, "Beltracchi: The Art of Forgery" is a case in which a great documentary topic hasn't yielded a great documentary.
Beltracchi: The Art of Forgery makes us question not only art, but the experts who claim to understand it best.
The film is equally frightening ... in exposing just how much collectors are at the mercy of so-called experts, while raising valid questions about the true nature and value of art.
Focused on art forgery, this flabbergasting story expands into a full scale expose of the modern confidence game and why, after all these years, it still works.
Calmly explain. . .fraud. . .with go-with-the-flow nonchalance. . .he's proud to have manipulated what he sees as a self-serving business where suspicion is bad for business.
Rarely do the interviewees express their own thoughts on Beltracchi, as Birkenstock lets him speak for himself, for better and for worse.
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