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Real life, real Mark Landis! Two men, two obsessions. It’s all in perspective. Mark is my first cousin and I knew of his talent as an artist and what personal stories were “allowed” to be retold. As a distant family member (Mark’s mother & my father were brother and sister) I sat mesmerized the entire film. I heard stories for the first time and came to understand him and the life “he” had experienced from a new and exhilarating perspective. His original art works are quite amazing. I did appreciate the chase and the unfolding discovery of just a man…
Modern Tragedy Well Told Landis is like a character in a Flannery O’Connor story, but the story of his discovery and pursuit by Matthew Leininger appears to be more like that of Captain Ahab pursuing the whale.Mark Landis has a talent for creating believable, low-budget reproductions of minor works of art. He also has a severe mental disorder, one feature of which is the pathological compulsion to create art forgeries good enough to fool experts, and to repeatedly re-enact the acceptance of his talent by…
Mark Landis has a compulsion to âdonateâ fake paintings to museums. That is of itself quite interesting and well explored here. But what itâs mostly missing, merely alluded to a few times, is how and why he got away with this for so long. Should museums be so eager and unquestioning when receiving benevolences? What makes them so gung-ho to get the âgetâ? Mark himself alluded to liking the attention of museums vying for his pieces. A deeper look into that world would have benefited this film…
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