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A Question of Attribution 

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 »

Director:

John Schlesinger

Writers:

Alan Bennett (play), Alan Bennett (screenplay)
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Episode complete credited cast:
James Fox ... Sir Anthony Blunt
Gregory Floy Gregory Floy ... Radiologist
David Calder ... Chubb
Edward de Souza ... Collins
Geoffrey Palmer ... Donleavy
Jason Flemyng ... Colin
John Cater ... Restorer
Richard Bebb Richard Bebb ... Consultant
Ann Beach Ann Beach ... Mrs. Chubb
Julia St John Julia St John ... Receptionist
Mark Payton Mark Payton ... Phillips
Anne Jameson Anne Jameson ... Blunt's Secretary
Barbara Hicks ... Lady at National Gallery
Prunella Scales ... H.M.Q.
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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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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 October 1991 (UK) See more »

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Stereo

Color:

Color
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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?
[later]
H.M.Q.: ...
[...]
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Music

I am delighted that my music for this film has been attributed to Handel ("Soundtrack: Overture to Judas Maccabeus") because John Schlesinger asked me to compose something in his style - the themes of the film being 'things that were not as they seemed' and 'incorrect attribution'. I have submitted a suggested correction - although the mistake is an amusing one, having in mind the title of the film.

I have checked the Handel and am pleased to report that I did not steal it (senza pizzicato = not pinched), less still rob it (senza rubato). Nor should it be taken as 'pastiche'. It was composition in the Baroque style, which is quite different.

Please forgive my rating of 10, but the music that someone took for Handel is rather good: (senza modesty).

Gerald Gouriet


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