Beltracchi finds itself in the guise of an unlikely crowd-pleaser as director Arne Birkenstock offers both an insider’s glimpse at the art of forgery and an exposé of the art world in turn. Entering the mind of a criminal and a charlatan is rarely so enjoyable. The film is very fun and insightful as it follows the charismatic Beltracchi like an observant apprentice as the convicted art forger reveals the skill, technique, and keen understanding of the idiosyncrasies of the business that allowed him to score nearly £30 million before he the art world discovered his con. It might not take a genius to paint a masterpiece, but it takes a level of wily skills to outsmart so many experts for so long.
Rating: ★★★½ (out of ★★★★★)
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