The $50 Million Art Swindle

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This feature-length documentary for Arena by acclaimed director Vanessa Engle tells the remarkable story of a charlatan art dealer who swindled over $50 million from the art establishment before going on the run. Michel Cohen, a popular and charming New York art dealer was originally from France. A high school drop-out from a poor background, Cohen was a self-invented man who went on to become a rich and successful art dealer, with homes in Malibu and New York. Throughout the 1990s, he sold paintings by artists such as Picasso, Monet and Chagall to America's wealthiest elite. Cohen was living the high life until he began trading recklessly in the stock market and ran up considerable debts. In an attempt to recoup his losses, he swindled private collectors, auction houses and other art dealers out of more than $50 million.

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Critic Reviews for The $50 Million Art Swindle

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  • After so much ramping up, it was almost bound to fall short.

    Sep 30, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Engle told the story with cool and faintly ironic elegance, counterpointing interviews and actualité segments with smartly-paced music and dreamy archive material.

    Sep 24, 2019 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…
  • There are many theories about the fate of art dealer-turned-felon Michel Cohen. Film-maker Vanessa Engle has managed to run him to ground... but in many ways he's the least interesting interviewee and his story is best told by others.

    Sep 20, 2019 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

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