Thursday, November 25, 2010

The Rembrandt Affair (2010) novel

Daniel Silva's 2010 novel The Rembrandt Affair features once again his art restorer-sleuth Gabriel Allon, this time, as the time suggests, on the trail of a stolen, priceless and deadly Rembrandt painting.

In addition to scenes inside art galleries (public and private), there is also at least one depiction of an archivist, "a tall man in his early forties with reddish blond hair" who worked in the Jewish Historical Museum in Amsterdam. The scene between Gabriel Allon and him is on p. 83-85 (hardcover). On p. 172 (hardcover) there is also a reference to the "archives of Argentina's Immigration Office."

Monday, November 8, 2010

Red (2010) Movie

Red, a 2010 movie about a retired CIA agent's life gone wrong, includes a couple of scenes inside a secret CIA records storage vault staffed by Henry the Records Keeper as played by Ernest Borgnine. Henry does not, however, have a sense of moral obligation to his employer and violates not only whatever statute governs his work but also ethical codes of conduct for archivists and records managers.