The Burnt Orange Heresy


Action / Drama / Thriller

IMDb Rating 5.8 10 437


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August 26, 2020


Donald Sutherland as Andrew Nivens
Mick Jagger as Joseph Cassidy
Rosalind Halstead as Evelina Macri
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899.34 MB
English 2.0
23.976 fps
99 min
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1.81 GB
English 2.0
23.976 fps
99 min
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Reviewed by haldunarmagan 10 / 10 / 10


Compelling elements of Hitchcock-style cinema are interwoven with philosophical characteristics such as meaning of art and dark side of human soul in Giuseppe Capotondi's "The Burnt Orange Heresy" performed by an ensemble cast. This adaptation of Charles Willeford's 1971 novel carries the story to present and moves it from Florida to Lake Como, Italy. Under Capotondi's direction of the refreshed script everything works beautifully both in artistic and philosophical levels. The thin line between art world and underworld, questioning of art criticism, and "reading" of an art piece in terms of acquired notion and illusion are some of the intriguing points the movie provokes. James Figueras, an art critic willing to do literally anything to keep his fame and wealth (played by Danish actor Claes Bang) and American adventurer Berenice Hollis (Elizabeth Debicki) convey one of the most memorable performances and shine in the best screen chemistry I've seen in recent years. The other highlight is definitely Donald Sutherland as reclusive painter Jerome Debney who lives under care of an ambitious art collector Joseph Cassidy, a surprise cameo by Mick Jagger. The Burnt Orange Heresy offers a cinematic feast as perfectly crafted neo-noir thriller with immaculate acting. Two thumbs up, way up!

Reviewed by barevfilm 6 / 10 / 10

A classy art heist thriller that spins out of control

The Burnt Orange Heresy Viewed at Venice 2019. TBOH is an Art heist thriller Directed by Italian Giuseppe Capotondi, based on a 1971 neo-noir novel by American writer Charles Willeford (died 1988) starring Danish actor Claes Bang and Australian actress Elizabeth Debicki, and featuring British Rock legend Mick Jagger (76) plus Canadian veteran character actor Donald Sutherland (84). A truly international combination of talent if nothing else. Claes Bang (lead role in Ruben Östlund's 2017 festival hit, The Square) plays a charming, fast-talking, backstabbing, womanizing art critic Jacques Figueras, who will do anything, including blackmail, burglary, arson, and when necessary, murder -- to further his career. Debicki (awarded for her role opposite Dicaprio in fellow Aussie, director Baz Luhrman's The Great Gatsby, 2013) is an equally fast talking willowy blonde from a small town near Duluth who happens to be passing through the city of Milan which is the setting for the first half of the film. At a bravura opening star art critic Figueras manipulates an audience into believing that a junky painting is a masterpiece then convinces them it's nothing but a cheap fake. An attractive blonde in the audience becomes his lover (Debicki) when she sees through his artful sham. Figueras states that without criticism there can be no art and this first section on the role of criticism and the way it manipulates taste was enough to make my day. It then segues to Lake Como where a very wealthy art collector, Joseph Cassidy, cleverly acted by an aging Mick Jagger, hires Figueras to interview the most famous painter in the world, (Sutherland) a reclusive genius who normally never gives interviews but lives in a neighboring villa on the lake, his real job being to acquire one of the artists paintings for the Cassidy collection. Jagger then leaves for a few days in London leaving the persuasive critic and his willowy new girlfriend to have "the run of his estate" while he's gone. It turns out that the enigmatic artist has lost all his masterworks in a fire and now passes his days contemplating an empty canvas. And now the story careens out of control. Without going into the gory details Ferguson burns the villa down but steals an empty canvas upon which he will execute a trashy orange painting but will later pass it off as a masterpiece by the great artist he has meanwhile died. When the smart girlfriend from Duluth calls him out on his phoniness he has to get her out of the way, which he does, then dumps the body in the lake weighted down with a large rock. From charming art critic to psychotic murderer in one easy lesson. Moreover, at the end in a smart art galley vernissage where his "rediscovered masterpiece" by deceased artist Sutherland is on display he is confronted by Collector Jagger who hands him a letter from the missing mistress (Debicki) which contains a bunch of dead flies. One has to sit through the picture from the start to gather the significance of this. Anyway, our anti hero has gotten away with murder as the hairy tail comes to a badconclusion. This high class artsy-fartsy drama was undoubtedly chosen for the prestige closing film spot at Venice because of the Italian connections, Italian director and Milano setting, as well as for the star billing of rock legend Mick Jagger. I doubt, however, that it will do much box office business on general release because, for one thing, a title like this can kill a film before it ever gets off the ground ("Burnt Oranges, whutt?) and secondly; it is a bit too sophisticated for most general viewers (who would have to be familiar with such esoterica as the brush strokes of Modigliani, e.g..) and a bit too bitter of a drink for Mick Jagger fans. Jagger, it must be said, does a very convincing job in a role about as far from his rock star persona as one can imagine. This prancing rock band frontman can definitely act when called upon to do so. In sum, I enjoyed the first two thirds of the film, the lively love story, and the canny commentary on art criticism, etcetera -- but was let down by the acrimonious dénouement and came away with a slightly sour aftertaste.

Reviewed by paul-allaer 6 / 10 / 10

Takes a long time to build up, but delivers in the last half hour

"The Burnt Orange Heresy" (2019 release from Italy; 98 min.) brings the story of art critic James Figueras. As the movie opens, James is in Milan, Italy, giving an art critic presentation about some painting. In the audience is Berenice, an American from Duluth. Afterwards, these two hook up. James mentions that he has been invited by art dealer Joseph Cassidy to his summer estate at Lake Como, and would she like to come along? Berenice agrees, and out to Lake Como they drive. It's not long after when Cassidy reveals his reasons for inviting James to his lakeside estate... At this point we are 10 min. into the movie but to tell you more of the plot would spoil your viewing experience , you'll just have to see for yourself how it all plays out. Couple of comments: this movie is the latest from Italian director Giuseppe Capotondi. Here he brings the big screen adaptation of the book of the same name by Charles Willeford. I haven't read the book and hence can't comment how closely the film sticks to the book. Also, this movie is super-plot heavy, so I can't say anything more about how it all unfolds. Instead, I will simply say this: the movie's built-up takes a long time (pretty much the first hour), and all is then revealed in the last half hour, so just make sure you wait out the first hour... Tce acting performances are tops: Danish actor Claas Bang (wjo looks just like Pierce Brosnan) as James, Australian actress Elizabeth Debicki as Berenice, Donald Sutherland as he recluse painter Jerome Debney, and last but not least, Mick Jagger as the art dealer Cassidy. Now a crisp 77 years young, this is Jagger's first feature film role out of the Stones since 2001's "The Man from Elysian Fields", if you can believe it. Much of the movie plays out at Lake Como, and the lush photography really helps the film. Kudos also for the nice orchestral score from Scottish composer Craig Armstrong. "The Orange Burnt Heresy" premiered at last year's Venice film festival to good acclaim, and it was supposed to be released in US theaters in March. Then a little thing called COVID-19 happened. The film finally opened this weekend at my local art-house theater here in Cincinnati and I could wait to see it. (The theater strictly abides by all COVID-19 measures including social distancing and face masks.) The early Sunday evening screening where I saw this at was attended poorly (3 people including myself). If you are interested in an arts-focuses thriller that delivers in the last half hour, I'd readily suggest you check this out, be it in the theater, on VOD, or eventually on DVD/Blu-ray, and draw your own conclusion.

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