The Last Vermeer



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Guy Pearce as Han Van Meegeren
Vicky Krieps as Minna Holmberg
Oliver Ryan as Jerome Heidjen
Claes Bang as Captain Joseph Piller
1.06 GB
English 2.0
23.976 fps
1 hr 57 min
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Reviewed by js-66130 7 / 10


The man who sold Reichsmarschall Hermann Goring a Vermeer forgery! Or did he?

The complicated, cloaked and outlandish life of Dutch art trickster Han van Meegeren is a delicious tale on many levels. Riding the campy yet devilish performance by a wispy moustachioed Guy Pearce, the film version of the World War II caper is old school, intrigue laden moviemaking.

An underachieving artist who favoured the Renaissance Masters over the booming contemporary art world, van Meegeren hit pay dirt with his impeccable replicates of days gone by, parlaying his unique gift into a vast fortune, and accompanying ostentatious lifestyle.

"The Last Vermeer" focuses on the aftermath of the war, when van Meegeren is charged with abetting the enemy. As the death penalty looms, the only way out is to prove his forgeries are just that, and thus settling for a lesser crime. Cleverly, the absolute truth is veiled throughout, as Pearce prances around the authorities, sprinkling clues as he deems fit. He absolutely owns the screen, which jolts the movie, but sinks the supporting cast. Claes Bang as the determined soldier investigator in charge of the case, is an absolute walking, talking log. His marriage interactions so painfully drab, it is a wonder the editor saw fit for their inclusion. The others don't fare much better.

Perhaps the mundane, business like proceedings by everyone but Pearce, were true to the times, and a stab at authenticity, but they manage to create a bizarre dichotomy in the viewing experience.

Still, the story's a cracker, and Pearce brilliantly on top of his game. Worth it for history hounds.

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Reviewed by ferguson-6 7 / 10

Pearce is on his game

Greetings again from the darkness. Knowing the film is based on Jonathan Lopez's 2008 book, "The Man Who Made Vermeers" removes some of the mystique from the story; however Dan Friedkin's (stunt pilot on DUNKIRK) directorial debut is an enticing look at a blending of art history and world history. The screenplay was co-written by John Orloff, Mark Fergus, and Hawk Ostby.

It's May 29, 1945, three weeks after the fall of Hitler's Reich, and the Dutch military is on a mission to reclaim valuable art and collectibles confiscated by the Nazis during the war. Some of these were hidden in Austrian salt mines by order of Hermann Goring, actions also depicted in the 2014 film, THE MONUMENTS MEN. After serving in the war, Captain Joseph Piller (Claes Bang, "Dracula" 2020) is tasked with tracking down those who stole the art, and those who sold the art to Germans. It's a task meant to preserve his country's culture. One particular piece, "Christ with the Adulteress" held special significance, as it was billed as 'the last Vermeer', a long lost painting by Dutch master Johannes Vermeer ("The Girl with the Pearl Earring"), for which Goring had paid a record price.

Investigation on this painting led Piller and his assistant Minna (Vicky Krieps, PHANTOM THREAD 2017) to Han Van Meegeren (played with panache by Guy Pearce and his stylish eyebrows). Piller is also helped by his friend Esper Vesser (Roland Moller, ATOMIC BLONDE 2017) who supplies a bit of muscle and brawn. Van Meegeren has a fancy manner of speech, and Piller determines he's the key to the case, and to unlocking what occurred and how. At the same time, the Ministry of Justice (August Diehl, INGLORIOUS BASTERDS 2009) is after Van Meegeren for conspiracy, and the parties end up in court.

Piller and Van Meegeren existed in real life, and though some dramatic license is taken, much of what we see actually happened. Art experts and politics collided. And it's not surprising that egos ruled the day (not unlike today). The twist may or may not be a shocker to those who know the story, but it's still fascinating that folks would risk their lives in such a manner during the darkest of times. It seems opportunists exist regardless of the era. Mr. Bang and Mr. Pearce are both excellent here, and it's quite fun to watch their verbal wranglings. Director Friedkin adds an Epilogue that will surely bring a smile to most viewers. Opening in theaters November 20, 2020

Reviewed by LisaLR1 8 / 10

Work of Art Performance from Guy Pearce

"The Last Vermeer" paints an intelligent, intriguing picture of World War II involving art, Nazis and an unlikely Dutch hero. Dan Friedkin's directorial debut manages to deliver a thriller while offering instruction on the art of Johannes Vermeer. Guy Pearce stars and gives a work of art performance as the flamboyant Han van Meegeren, a Dutch painter, art dealer and enigma who became famous for selling a rare Vermeer to Hitler's second in command, Hermann Göring. This act led Meegeren to be tried in 1945 as a war criminal. Captain Joseph Piller, played by actor Claes Bang, is the former Dutch Resistance officer who believes Meegeren's innocence, helping and defending him in court. The screenplay, written by Mark Fergus & Hawk Ostby (writers of 2007's "First Snow," also starring Guy Pearce) & John Orloff, is based on an adaptation of Jonathan Lopez's, "The Man Who Made Vermeers."

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