12 films about collectors and antiques

Mysticism and adventure accompany the lives of the heroes of our today’s selection. Collecting captures people, forcing them to acquire expensive and sometimes strange things. For example, Johnny Depp, who played in the thriller about the hunt for a rarity, collects stuffed animals himself. Angelina Jolie has a huge collection of knives. Well, in films about antiques and unusual works of art, collectors are chasing paintings and ancient artifacts, which at all times have been surrounded by secrets and legends.

Velvet Chainsaw (2019)

One ambitious and money-hungry madam discovers a whole collection of paintings in the apartment of a deceased neighbor . It turns out that the man was a talented self-taught artist. She shows the artwork to her friend, the critic Morph Vandewalt. Together, the characters come to the conclusion that in the paintings of an unknown painter, you can make good money. However, the canvases are fraught with something sinister, because of which people who see them begin to die one by one.

What do you think, is it worth filming a sequel, and what should be in it?

Original title:  
Velvet Buzzsaw

Genre:
Horror, thriller, detective

Actors:  
Jake Gyllenhaal, Rene Russo, Zavi Ashton…

Country:  
USA

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 6.2, IMDb – 5.7

Age restrictions:  
18+


The Art of Heist (2019)

A neo-noir feature film about collectors takes the viewer from the modern world to the 1970s. A well-known art critic, along with his American friend, arrives at a country mansion located on the shore of a lake in Italy. His owner, a successful lawyer and art collector, Cassidy offers the couple a tempting but risky deal. James and Cassidy must steal one of the masterpieces of a hermit genius living in a lawyer ‘s guest house .

Original title:
The Burnt Orange Heresy

Genre:
Thriller, drama

Actors:
Claes Bang, Elizabeth Debicki, Donald Sutherland …

Country:
UK, Italy, USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.2, IMDb – 6.1

Age restrictions:
18+


Masterpiece (2018)

In the center of the plot of the comedy film are two close friends . One of them is the artist Renzo, who has lost his former glory and is an intractable type who hates commerce. The second is the intelligent and crafty owner of the gallery Arturo. An old art dealer is unsuccessfully trying to sell the paintings of a comrade who is alien to fashion trends. So everything would have continued, but fate gives friends a chance to pull off a brilliant scam and return Renzo’s paintings to popularity.

Original title:  
Mi obra maestra

Genre:
Drama, comedy

Actors:  
Andrea Akatto, Lucas Aranda, Raul Arevalo…

Country:  
Argentina, Spain

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 6.9, IMDb – 7.1

Age restrictions:  
16+


The Curse of Sleepers (TV series 2017 – 2018) 2017

A mystical film about collectors who are looking for works associated with an eerie legend from antique dealers. Once upon a time, the wife of an artist was dying, and the master learned to enclose the souls of the dead in portraits so that his beloved would forever remain by his side. The legend interested the businessman Pavel, who decided to collect a collection of paintings with sleeping people. And his competitor Alexey hunts for these canvases in order to master the “craft” of locking souls in portraits. Meanwhile, under mysterious circumstances, another painter, who also believed in an old legend, dies.

Genre:
Thriller

Actors:  
Alexander Sokolovsky, Sofia Kashtanova, Evgeny Stychkin …

Country:  
Russia

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 7.0, IMDb – 5.7

Age restrictions:  
16+


Mordecai (2015)

Charming crook and part-time collector, appraiser and lover of art objects Charles Mordecai receives an order to search for the missing painting by Francisco Goya. According to rumors, the canvas hides a code that opens the way to untold riches for its owner. Charles will have a difficult business trip, where he will have to settle conflicts with the Russians, negotiate with secret service agents , run away from terrorists and try to beat his no less cunning wife.

Original title:  
Mortdecai

Genre:  
Action, romance, comedy, crime, detective

Actors:  
Johnny Depp, Gwyneth Paltrow, Paul Bettany, Ewan McGregor …

Country:  
UK, USA

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 5.8, IMDb – 5.5

Age restrictions:  
16+


Treasure Hunters (2014)

The film, based on the book by Robert S. Edsel, tells the story of a group of art connoisseurs, gathered into one team by the US government. Their goal is to track down cultural property stolen by the Nazis during World War II . Under the leadership of gallerist Frank Stokes, a group of art historians, along with troops, is sent to France. The heroes have no time to waste, because Hitler promised to destroy priceless works of art, sculpture and other cultural heritage.

Original title:  
The Monuments Men

Genre:
Military, drama, comedy

Actors:  
George Clooney, Matt Damon, Bill Murray

Country:  
USA, Germany

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 5.2, IMDb – 6.10

Age restrictions:  
12+


Best Offer (2012)

The selection will continue with the top Italian film about the art historian and great lover of antiques Virgil Oldman. Being a well-known auctioneer, a man sometimes uses his official position not for good purposes. A recognized expert turns cunning scams, thanks to which he collected hundreds of priceless paintings in the secret hall of his mansion. Once in the life of a virtuoso schemer and collector, a rich young customer appears. An amazing girl drags the hero of the thriller into a complex game with an unpredictable outcome .

Original title:  
La migliore offerta

Genre:
Thriller, drama, crime

Actors:  
Geoffrey Rush, Jim Sturgess, Sylvia Hooks…

Country:  
Italy

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 8.0, IMDb – 7.8

Age restrictions:  
16+


Testament (2012)

Leon devoted his life to collecting antique gizmos, he left his father’s house a long time ago and never visited his mother. But after her death, the man still has to visit the home of a relative, because she bequeathed the house to her son. Arriving at the place, the hero of the film finds a lot of strange objects and realizes that the deceased worshiped some mysterious cult. Leon soon begins to notice an otherworldly presence .

Original title:
The Last Will and Testament of Rosalind Leigh

Genre:
Horror, thriller, detective

Actors:
Aaron Poole, Vanessa Redgrave, Julian Richings…

Country:
Canada

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 4.7, IMDb – 5.1

Age restrictions:
16+


Gambit (2012)

American comedy with a classic adventure story – a remake of the 1966 film of the same name. An art critic from London comes up with a cunning plan to punish his inadequate collector boss and hit the jackpot at the same time. A familiar painter-copyist and a lively girl from Texas help him turn the scam. The American rodeo star is not at all versed in art, but is not averse to earning extra money on deceiving moneybags and pretending to be the owner of a fake masterpiece.

Original title:  
Gambit

Genre:  
Comedy, crime

Actors:  
Colin Firth, Cameron Diaz, Alan Rickman…

Country:  
USA

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 6.1, IMDb – 5.7

Age restrictions:  
12+


Serafina of Senlis (2008)

The biographical film , which received positive reviews from European viewers, tells about a collector who discovered a previously unknown talented artist to the world. Critic Wilhelm Uhde arrives in the provincial town of Senlis to take a break from the hustle and bustle of Paris and devote time to creativity. Arriving at the place, he takes into the house a maid named Serafina. After some time, Wilhelm learns that the woman has the talent of a painter. Friendship develops between the characters.

Original title:  
Séraphine

Genre:  
Drama, biography

Actors:  
Yolanda Moreau, Ulrich Tukur, Anne Bennent …

Country:  
France, Belgium

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 7.3, IMDb – 7.4

Age restrictions:  
12+


Ninth Gate (1999)

The plot of the film revolves around a mysterious book written in 1666. According to legend, several engravings of the tome were drawn in collaboration with Lucifer himself , and a puzzle is encrypted in the original copy, by solving which you can call the devil himself. The hero of the mystical thriller Dean Corso will have to check the truth of a frightening legend. And this journey into darkness can cost an enterprising expert and dealer in old books not only life, but also soul.

Original title:  
The Ninth Gate

Genre:  
Thriller, detective, fantasy

Actors:  
Johnny Depp, Frank Langella, Lena Olin …

Country:  
France, Spain, USA

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 7.4, IMDb – 6.7

Age restrictions:  
16+


Die Again (1991)

In a thriller with an interesting dramatic plot, two stories from different times intertwine in an incredible way. The main character is private investigator Mike Church. A man deals with the case of a girl who has lost her memory . Instead of real events from her past, she remembers only a few hours of the life of the pianist Margaret, who was killed by her husband back in 1940. How are these women related? To find out the truth, Mike turns to a collector and antiques dealer for help.

Original title:
Dead Again

Genre:
Thriller, drama, crime

Actors:
Kenneth Branagh, Andy Garcia, Emma Thompson…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.8, IMDb – 6.8

Age restrictions:
16+


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Jared Lambert/ author of the article

I’ve been writing about movies, TV shows and anime for over 3 years, and you may have seen my reviews on Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic.

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