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The Notorious Mr. Bout

Viktor Bout was a Russian entrepreneur, a war profiteer, an aviation magnate, an arms smuggler and, strangest of all, an amateur filmmaker. Until three days prior to his arrest on charges of conspiring to kill Americans, Bout kept the camera running, documenting a life spent in the grey areas of international law. Dubbed the “merchant of death” and portrayed by Nicholas Cage in Lord of War, Viktor Bout can justifiably be called the world’s most famous arms dealer. With unprecedented access to Bout’s home movies and DEA surveillance material gathered during the sting operation to bring him down, The Notorious Mr. Bout is an epic portrait of a life much mythologized but little understood.

About the Series
An arms-smuggling international super-criminal posing as a florist; a champion cyclist as clandestine Nazi resister; a master art forger who anonymously donates his handiwork to world-class museums; a magician who reveals his tricks (or does he?) — trust no one, good or bad, to be what they seem in our documentary series Deception!Stay for a Q+A with director Tony Gerber after the screening.

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