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The Thomas Crown Affair
He was young, handsome, a millionaire - and he'd just pulled off the perfect crime! She was young, beautiful, a super sleuth - sent to investigate it!
The young businessman Thomas Crown is bored and decides to plan a robbery and assigns a professional agent with the right information to the job. However Crown is soon betrayed yet cannot blow his cover because he’s in love.
The opening twenty minutes of the film seem to promise a stylish, smartly constructed thriller, filled with suavely dressed guys in suits slickly out manoeuvring the law. Of course Steve McQueen is the smoothest looking of them all, the playboy ring leader who plans it all from his ivory tower and sits back to count the cool $2.5m once it is time to collect.
McQueen is cast as the perfect little Action Man figure, beautifully photographed and dressed in the latest summer/spring collection from 68. It's McQueen in a suit, McQueen in a jumper, in a sailing jacket, riding a glider, on a horse, shooting along the sandy beeches in his little red buggy. We all know the man looks…
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One of those times where I'm ashamed to admit that I've watched the remake, possibly several times, before ever seeing the original. To be fair The Thomas Crown Affair is more cult then classic as it was only moderately successful with mixed critical reviews though.
It's easy to figure out where the mixed reviews come from as the film is clearly a case of style over substance, arguably a dated style, but damn it what style! From it's over use of split screens, to making me believe that Faye Dunaway is in fact the most attractive woman on the face of the planet in her introduction to somehow making a chess game seem like the…
I started The Thomas Crown Affair expecting very little. I didn't really know too much about it, except that it starred Steve McQueen (who I'd never seen in a film) and Faye Dunaway (who I enjoy). From the very first few moments of the film, all hopes of a good experience were dashed.
The film opens with the robbery of a Boston bank, orchestrated by millionaire Thomas Crown (Steve McQueen). This sequence is aided by a series of split screens which serve little but to make it all rather confusing.
He seems to get away with the crime, but Vicki Anderson (Faye Dunaway), the most stylish and attractive insurance investigator to have ever lived, is on to him.
So much talent in this production.
Steve McQueen, Faye Dunaway, Norman Jewison, Hal Ashby, and Haskell Wexler just to name a few.
This is a VERY late 60's / early 70's film, but not too much in a bad way. There are a few scenes with McQueen in a dune buggy that reminded me of THE MECHANIC (not in a good way), but the score is totally of its time. The fashion is immediately identifiable, the split screen is over used, but employed well. This movie is the remake do OCEANS 11, 25 years early.
McQueen is a millionaire bored playboy that is a thrill seeker. His latest project is being the mastermind behind a huge bank robbery. Faye Dunaway…
There's a real fun vibe about the opening of The Thomas Crown Affair; the multiple split screen, the well crafted heist (both visually and technically,) then bubbly personality of Dunaway, the taciturn cool of McQueen and then it just seems to flatline. The cat and mouse game between criminal mastermind and insurance investigator doubling as a war of the sexes and a not so subtle flirtation very quickly becomes a snoozefest despite the best efforts of the clothes horse/style icon/actor fresh from her Bonnie & Clyde outfit success, Faye Dunaway, and Steve Mcqueen, arguably the coolest man ever to come from the United States of America.
If ever there was a man who could challenge the cinematic cool of Belmondo and…
RIP station wagons
You have Steve McQueen, Faye Dunaway, a great musical score and all the 60s glamour, what else could you ask for in a movie?
Since I already seen the one from 1999 several times and like it, this feels dull.
A little dated now but Steve McQueen remains as slick as ever (apparently his fashion in this greatly inspired Tom Ford) Found the use of split screen quite jarring and the heist scenes are not that awe inspiring in this age of Oceans Eleven/Italian Job remakes but the relationship between the two leads is handled very well. The chess scene is the standout of the film.
Bored millionaire Thomas Crown (McQueen) pulls off a near-perfect bank heist, and soon comes under the scrutiny of Vicki Anderson (Dunaway), a tenacious insurance investigator; when the two become romantically involved, Crown plots another caper to test her feelings for him.
The famous chess scene nicely encapsulates what I like about this movie; there’s practically no dialogue, yet the posturing and maneuvering of the two leads speaks volumes. It’s also very sexy… and symbolic of what’s happening in the wider context of the picture. Crown is the prime suspect in the case Vicki is working; she has accepted a social invitation, but is she really here socially? She takes inventory of the room early in the scene, gauging Crown’s tastes,…
Maybe my favorite thing about McQueen is that he wasn't a phony. He couldn't be fake. I think that's why he was limited as an actor. He could only play McQueen, but at that, he excelled, he was unrivaled, at that he was limitless.
That's why I feel he was so miscast here, in The Thomas Crown Affair, in which we are supposed to buy him as a slick but bored business man, a James Bond type, dressed up like a doll in a tailor-made suit, holding on to a cigar. He feels like a fish out of water, misplaced, almost imprisoned in this sophisticated environment. I couldn't help but see him like an impatient boy in his Sunday best,…
I can't believe the middling reviews on the letterboxd page-- I loved this movie. It is a rare breed of film that lets the audience make their own decisions about each character and their motivations. Everything you need is on the screen, nothing less, nothing more.
Style over substance. ...
Norman Jewison is one of my favorite underrated filmmakers. This film s a great example to show his innovation. The music is unique and is used to create an effect unlike any film I've seen before. That being said I did find the music to be distracting and bad at times. The original song for the theme of film is a masterpiece though. The editing techniques used in the film changed things forever. If you've seen the film you know what I'm talking about. Though its been used better since, it still stands a great piece of editing. The performances from Steve McQueen and Faye Dunaway are very good. This film does a great deal in twisting the heist genre in an interesting way.
A debonair, adventuresome bank executive believes he has pulled off the perfect multi-million dollar heist, only to match wits with a sexy insurance investigator who will do anything to get her man.
Stylish 60s love adventure, now quite badly dated.
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