Your movie for this Monday, Portrait of a Master Forger. Stolen art and forgeries fascinate me to no end. Why? I have no idea because to me it's all about people wanting what they can't have or can't afford. It's like fake handbags and other fake designer clothing. I always laugh at people who buy fake watches and handbags. I think to myself, if you didn't buy so many fake ones you might have enough money to buy an authentic one.
I'd never heard of Eric Hebborn before stumbling on this documentary. The way he describes his own life compared to what others have written about him, it's hard to know who's telling the truth. He is a forger after all, so is he truthful? Something about the way he presents himself in this documentary makes me question whether to believe him or not. He seems honest about his personal life but as far as his professional life, not so sure.
If you have time look him up, he has quite an interesting biography. His death is shrouded in mystery. Beaten over the head and left to die in the street, it's sad and fascinating all the same. Did someone want him dead so he couldn't claim any more forgeries? Was it an angry art "expert" seeking revenge for being tricked? Was it someone with the notion that his work would be worth more after he was dead? It's fun to speculate on a Monday.