I watched American Hustle over the winter break, and I do not remember the last time that I have enjoyed watching a film so immensely. I do not want to spoil it for anybody, so I will only focus on something that Christian Bale says when he tells another character that the Rembrandt painting that they are looking at is a forgery: “Who’s the master: The painter? Or the forger?”
This quote has been drifting in and out of my memory even now back at school, because I found it so fascinating. The painter is the one who conceives the idea for a painting, and therefore, should be revered for their work, shouldn’t they? Or is the forger’s work even more impressive because it is so convincing that it can pass off as the real work, as suggested in the display of the fake Rembrandt in American Hustle (Museum scene)?
I think that the whole movie revolves around this one quote, and explores the binaries of creator/forger, truth/lies, and images that are there and not there, at the same time. It is a movie of illusions that forces the audience to think about the grey areas in our lives, and that life is not at all black-and-white. Give it a watch! Hope you guys enjoy it as much as I did.