The Prophetic Imagery of Anthony Quinn
MYSTERY BIOGRAPHICAL DRAMA
20th Century (multiple decades)
THERE IS A RIVER; REAL MAGIC
ANTHONY QUINN: 40S. ACADEMY AWARD-WINNING ACTOR AND ARTIST.
GLENN HARTE: 40S. QUINN'S ART AGENT.
KATHERINE QUINN: 40S. QUINN'S WIFE.
RYAN QUINN: 13. QUINN'S SON.
MUAMMAR GADDAFI: 40S. POSSIBLE SUBJECT OF A QUINN PAINTING AND FINANCIER OF A QUINN FILM.
DR. ELIZABETH RAUSCHER: 40S. SCIENTIFIC EXPERT ON PRECOGNITION.
A painting by Academy Award winning actor Anthony Quinn that predicted the events of 9/11- an event that occurred after his death and the subsequent discovery that Quinn had painted other precognitive paintings and writings.
Target Gender: Universal
Mexico, California, Rhode Island, Libya, Iran, Syria, Italy
Based on a True Story
Status: Yes: self-published
Year Published: 2017
Shortly after the events of 9/11, Quinn's agent finds a painting that depicts all the event of 9/11. It is signed by Anthony Quinn - but its not possible because Quinn had died 3 months before that fateful day. The story of Quinn's life begins as he rides across the border hidden in a coal bin.
A second painting is discovered that Quinn painted of his 13th son who was born when Quinn was 84 years old. It was painted in 1940 - 55 years before the boy was even born. The whole story of his life of visions and dreams are proven to be real with the discovery of this painting and confirmation
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Mature Audience Themes
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Plot - Other Elements
Philosophical Questions,Twist,Meaningful Message
Plot - Premise
Rags to Riches,Quest,Other
Main Character Details
Name: Acadamy Award winning actor: Anthony Quinn
Age: 2 - 87 / but primary story centers on his 40's
Key Traits: Adventurous,Charming,Complex,Confident,Engaging,Masculine,Visionary,Unapologetic
Additional Character Details
Name: Muammar Gaddafi
Key Traits: Power Hungry,Leader
Additional Character Details
Name: Kirk Douglas
Key Traits: Charming,Engaging,Gracious
Additional Character Details
Name: Frank Lloyd Wright
Key Traits: Aspiring,Confident,Educated,Outspoken
Born in Mexico to a father of Irish heritage who was fighting with Pancho Villa and a young teenage mother, Quinn would illegally immigrate to the U.S., at two years old, through extraordinary and dramatic means. He would be raised in the poor side of Los Angeles and his life was filled with extraordinary and dreamlike events, which he spoke about but could not explain, including telepathically communicating with a black leopard at the zoo where his father worked, meeting Frank Lloyd Wright and having him send him to acting school, working as a translator for famous evangelist Aimee McPherson and selling his drawings to Douglas Fairbanks and Charlie Chaplin. In his Academy Award winning role in "Lust for Life" with Kirk Douglas he would claim - on the set - that he was communicating with the ghost of Gaugin, the artist, whom Quinn was playing in the movie. In great detail he would explain the conversations and the direction he was being given by the dead artist - an experience he swore by but could not explain. Throughout his life he was followed by a little boy who - even though Quinn knew he was a vision, he could not explain who he was. He would paint this boy and it would turn out to be a painting of his son, Ryan - born 55 years later.
DRAMA, FANTASY, SUSPENSE
Art agent discovers a painting painted before 9/11 that seems to depict 9/11. Agent finds another painting of the artist's son, painted over 50 years before the kid was born. Agent interviews scientists and does some research into the brain and becomes convinced that the artist had precognitive powers.
Authors Writing Style: FAIR
Franchise Potential: EXCELLENT
Accuracy of Book Profile
There is a lot listed in the book profile about Anthony Quinn's life that is missing from the book and would be great to add in for future adaptations.
Draw of Story
The real-life story of an artist who might have accidentally predicted 9/11 with one of his paintings is a fascinating sell. There's mystery, drama, fine art, and possibly psychic powers! How thrilling!
I didn't care for a lot of the "scientific research" backing the possibilities of ESP and precognition existing--it felt at times a little too like a scientific research essay. I think less than half of that section would have sufficed to drive the point home that this isn't just some ridiculous, make-believe notion.
Use of Special Effects
THE STORY DOES NOT RELY ON SPECIAL EFFECTS
Primary Hook of Story
An art dealer discovers that an artist might have accidentally predicted 9/11 with one of his paintings--based on a true story.
Absolutely. This was fascinating and fresh--I have never seen this concept before in fiction, and the fact that it's non-fiction means it guarantees some audiences will see it just to see if it is possible to predict events like that through art.
No, only because it isn't really character-driven, but it depends on how it is produced. There's an off-chance it could win for adaptational categories, but nothing major.
Similar Films/TV Series
PART OF THIS BOOK'S APPEAL IS THAT THERE IS NOTHING LIKE THIS. I CAN'T THINK OF ANYTHING THAT TREATS THE POTENTIAL OF ESP AS REALISTICALLY AS POSSIBLE, WHILE ALSO HAVING THE VIBE OF AN ART HEIST MOVIE DESPITE NOTHING GETTING STOLEN
What’s New About the Story
This story could only be more unique if the reality of the situation was twisted or heightened to make for a better story--i.e. if the story took a turn and made the agent become obsessed with finding out the truth instead of merely fascinated and curious. This story is already unique in so many elements, but most of all its originality comes from the gravity with which it considers supernatural phenomena.
The lead character is the deceased Academy Award-winning actor Anthony Quinn...who was also an accomplished artist who may have had ESP.
Uniqueness of Story
This is a rare gem and belongs in a museum.
Film - Indie, Unscripted
This is fascinating and fresh--I've never seen this concept before. The issue is that I'm not sure if there is enough of a story to stretch into a full movie or miniseries, but the basis of the film is enough of a hook that I would watch it without compelling character relationships and drama.
Shortly after the events of 9/11, Quinn's agent, Glenn Harte, finds a painting that depicts all the event of 9/11. It is signed by Anthony Quinn - but it's not possible because Quinn had died 3 months before that fateful day. A second painting is discovered that Quinn painted of his 13th son, painted in 1940 - 55 years before the boy was even born. Glenn Harte investigates the possibility that Quinn had precognitive abilities.
What We Liked
This is a fascinating study that approaches the possibility of ESP from a scientific standpoint and lays out all the evidence to allow readers to draw their own conclusions.
Film: As a film, this could be either a documentary about the discovery of these paintings and a deep dive into the science behind it or a fictionalized version of events that focuses more on the mystery, the race to get the paintings, and the consuming search for scientific answers that followed.
TV: As a television show, this would work best as a miniseries detailing the discovery of these paintings and their resemblance to real life that then focused on the possible scientific explanations for Quinn's abilities.
Key points: Based on a true story; Scientific backing; Old Hollywood character; Real-life implications; Open-ended mystery.
Academy Award-winning actor Anthony Quinn's widow, Katherine, chooses art dealer Glenn Harte to be the agent for her husband's artwork. Harte, an art aficionado, is thrilled and excited to handle the works of an artist he already admires. While sorting Quinn's works, Harte comes across a painting titled ""Facets of Liberty"" which seems to depict the events of September 11, 2001--in the painting, the face of someone who looks like Osama bin Laden looks out from under the crying portrait of the Statue of Liberty, while firefighter collapse in the forefront and two towers burn with smoke in the background. Harte is amazed at this painting, especially because he knows that Quinn died before September 11, 2001, and painted the work in question in 1976 for America's bicentennial.
Harte brings his discovery to Quinn's widow, who doesn't see the resemblance at first, but soon recognizes the possibility that Quinn knew what he was painting. While going over Quinn's works, Harte discovers another painting, an unmistakable portrait of Quinn's son, Ryan. Katherine reveals that Quinn had painted the painting of Ryan 70 years ago, but the boy is only 13 years old, and yet, the resemblance between the boy in the portrait and Ryan is undeniable.
Harte becomes convinced to look further into the possibility that Anthony Quinn had precognitive powers. He reaches out to a scientist, Dr. Elizabeth Rauscher, and interviews her. Harte is not a superstitious man, but he is able to see the facts laid out before him and recognizes that maybe ESP isn't just something out of movies, but exactly what it claims to be--extra sensory perception. He studies the brain and discovers that artists like Quinn fit the profile of those with extra sensory abilities--they perceive more within the world around us. He also dives into Quinn's history, specifically, how Quinn worked on three films that took place in the Middle East, and crossed paths with Arafat, Qadaffi, and even King Hussein.
Harte searches for years to find the orginal painting of ""Facets of Liberty,"" and after a few years of persistent work, is able to purchase it. Up close, the resemblance to the events of 9/11 is even more undeniable.