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'Art and Craft': The life and times of Mark Landis, devoted art imitator
'Art and Craft': The life and times of Mark Landis, devoted art imitator

On the surface, Mark Landis might not seem like the sort of person who would make for cinematic gold. The man is pushing 60. He is slight and pale, with a bald pate and prominent ears. He shuffles more than he walks and talks in a high-pitched whisper (think: Philip Seymour Hoffman channeling Truman Capote). Newspaper accounts often liken him to the mercurial characters found in Southern Gothic novels. Though in his physical aspect, Landis strikes me as someone who could have just emerged from an illustration by Edward Gorey. Over the course of a new documentary about Landis' life, however, it's hard not to be seduced by this eccentric figure, one of the most prolific...

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