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The Burnt Orange Heresy (2020)



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...


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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All Critics (58) | Top Critics (14)

[I]n the final minutes, the characters make several choices that defy logic, leaving the audience to wonder what happened to the savvy operators presented in the early parts of the film.

March 12, 2020 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Makes for a mostly smart and sexy crime drama, even if it loses steam by the time the ridiculous ending rolls around.

March 11, 2020 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

It all gets kind of nutty and I did not believe Mick Jagger for a second.

March 6, 2020 | Full Review…

This film is very arch, educated, and there's not much life underneath it. It's very pretentious and then it gets very cruel... It twists the knife, and I felt numb.

March 6, 2020 | Full Review…

The Burnt Orange Heresy-director Giuseppe Capotondi's adaptation of Charles Willeford's 1971 art-world crime novel-has charisma to burn in the form of its stars.

March 6, 2020 | Full Review…

A seductive noir that, as a whole, comes up empty.

March 6, 2020 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

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