Sir Anthony Blunt, who was a Soviet agent for 25 years, is routinely questioned and gives no answers, but is knighted and works as Director of the Courtauld Institute, and presents his ... See full summary »

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Chubb
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Collins
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Donleavy
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Colin
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Sir Anthony Blunt, who was a Soviet agent for 25 years, is routinely questioned and gives no answers, but is knighted and works as Director of the Courtauld Institute, and presents his interrogator with a puzzle in the shape of a doubtful Titian painting. He also does art restoration work in Buckingham Palace, where he gets into an interesting conversation with HMQ. Written by Kathy Li

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[the Queen knows that Sir Anthony Blunt is a traitor and Blunt knows that the Queen knows this, but both maintain a facade of innocence as they discuss the Queen's art collection, amid many coded references]
H.M.Q.: Portraits are supposed to be frightfully self-revealing, aren't they? Show what one's really like - the secret self. Either that or else the eyes are supposed to follow you round the room. Have you had your portrait painted?
Sir Anthony Blunt: No, Ma'am.
H.M.Q.: So we don't know whether you have a secret self?
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H.M.Q.: ...
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Not a fake
5 March 1999 | by (Carrboro, NC) – See all my reviews

AQoA is not a fake, yet it fails to become a masterpiece either as a double mystery of identity unravels entangled in paintings and conspiracy. With more style than substance, though some engaging bits of dialog, the movie is well worth the rental price and is a great distraction. It fails, however, as often as it succeeds.


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