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The Burnt Orange Heresy (2020)

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Critic Consensus: The Burnt Orange Heresy has a certain stylish charm, even if -- much like the art world it depicts -- it'll strike some viewers as pretentious.

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The art world and the underworld collide in director Giuseppe Capotondi's elegant and erotic neo-noir thriller, The Burnt Orange Heresy. Set in present day Italy, irresistibly charismatic art critic James Figueras hooks up with provocative and alluring fellow American, Berenice Hollis. He's a classic anti-hero in the making with a charm that masks his deep ambition, whilst she's an innocent touring Europe, enjoying the freedom of being whoever she wishes. The new lovers travel to the lavish and opulent Lake Como estate of powerful art collector, Cassidy. Their host reveals he is the patron of Jerome Debney, the reclusive J.D. Salinger of the art world, and he has a simple request: for James to steal a Debney masterpiece from the artist's studio, whatever the cost. As the couple spend time with the legendary Debney, they start to realize that nothing about artist nor their mission is what it seems. But James is a man of deep, lurking ambition and he will do anything, from arson and burglary to murder, in order to further his career...

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Rosalind Halstead
as Evelina Macri
Katie McGovern
as Art party girl
Pat Starke
as Art Fan
Flaminia Fegarotti
as Art Admirer
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Giuseppe Capotondi's latest looks at the dark inauthenticity of the art world.

September 18, 2020 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

After some implausible and unnecessarily nasty speed bumps, The Burnt Orange Heresy finds its way again. The last 10 minutes or so are picture perfect, so to speak.

August 10, 2020 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

The kind of film we don't get too often anymore...

August 10, 2020 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

[T]his art-world thriller has enough burnished surfaces, glamorous locations, and dark doings to keep an audience rapt for much of the running time. Yet somehow you may end the movie feeling less full than when you began.

August 9, 2020 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
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There are enough elements in The Burnt Orange Heresy to offer a fitfully entertaining 100 minutes.

August 9, 2020 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Without spoiling much, let's just say that the film takes after the prized paintings its main antihero is so consumed by: beautiful but empty.

August 8, 2020 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

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