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Incognito Details

FULL SYNOPSIS

European locations (UK, France, Netherlands) highlight this romantic thriller set in the art world. In New York, top forger Harry Donovan (Jason Patric) is hired by British art dealers to fake a $500,000 Rembrandt, despite pressure from his ill father (Rod Steiger) to use his talent on originals rather than fakes. Harry plans to re-create a Rembrandt lost 350 years earlier when it was shipped from Rotterdam to San Sebastian, Spain. Off to research in Paris, Harry meets art student Marieke (Irene Jacob), uses her to acquire necessary scrapings from a real Rembrandt, sleeps with her in a hotel on the Seine, and then heads for an Amsterdam attic where he fabricates the "masterpiece." When he delivers the painting, he finds his clients won't pay until they are sure they've tricked the London experts. On the scene is Marieke, revealed as no student at all but a respected Rembrandt authority. When she rejects the painting as phony, the situation turns tense, guns go off, and Harry retreats -- with Marieke his hostage. At midpoint, this film features a sequence that reveals the specific details involved in forgery, including canvas aging, precise paints, and other deceptions. For a related film, see Orson Welles' "film essay," Orson Welles (1973) with a segment on famed forger Elmyr de Hory. Shown at the 1997 London Film Festival. ~ Bhob Stewart, Rovi

Cast

Jason Patric
as Harry Donovan
Irène Jacob
as Prof. Marieke van den Broeck
Thomas Lockyer
as Alastair
Ian Richardson
as Turley
Simon Chandler
as Iain
Rod Steiger
as Harry's Father
Pip Torrens
as White
Ian Holm
as John

Crew

John Badham
Director
James G. Robinson
Producer
Jordan Katz
Screenwriter
Denis Crossan
Cinematographer
John Ottman
Composer (Music Score)
Jamie Leonard
Production Designer
William P. Cartlidge
Co-producer
Gary Barber
Executive Producer
Bill Todman, Jr.
Executive Producer
Louise Stjernsward
Costume Designer
Nancy MacLeod
Sound/Sound Designer
David Tringham
First Assistant Director
Noel Davis
Casting
Marc Boyle
Stunts Coordinator
Eddie Stacey
Stunts Coordinator
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