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Review: Beltracchi: The Art of Forgery

— by RON WILKINSON —

Arne Birkenstock’s fascinating documentary “Beltracchi: The Art of Forgery” is a skillful and entertaining examination the latest, and what may be the greatest, con game of all time.

Starting in the 1970’s, Wolfgang Beltracchi painted works of art falsely attributed to some of the most sought after artists of the 20th century. His forgeries were only discovered about 10 years ago. He, his wife Helene and one or more accomplices were thrown in the clink and have now been released. In this great movie, the man who may be the best art forger in history tells his story with entrancing charm, transparency and detail. (CONTINUED)


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