Movie review: Art and Craft

September 18, 2014 11:57 AM

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Movie review: Art and Craft

Art and Craft is a potent title that can be taken in several different ways, in this fascinatingly complex and endlessly entertaining documentary from a trio of filmmakers: Sam Cullman, Jennifer Grausman and Mark Becker. It examines the conflicting notions of art and imitation, finding an extremely bizarre middle ground that does nothing to mitigate the ethical issues at stake.

The film focuses on Mark Landis, a small, slump-shouldered man in Laurel, Miss., who, for almost 30 years, painted copies of works by famous artists convincingly enough that he was able to donate them to museums all over the southern United States.

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