A list of Edgar Wright's favorite 1000 Movies per his list on Mubi on July 27th, 2016.
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.
Very stylish caper with superficial but cunning Steve McQueen; inventive at the time for its use of split screen, now feels incredibly dated, especially laughable sexual innuendos and the use of ‘The Windmills of Your Mind’. All of that aside, it still is pretty entertaining if very implausible.
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…
Talk about style over substance...
Jewison really pulls out all the stops here, multiple split screens, a jazzy score and opulent settings. What is lacking is any sort of purpose.
It starts off promisingly enough with a coolly calculated heist, then it devols into scene after scene of McQueen romancing Dunaway while she is trying to get him to implicate himself. It would seem like a great romance, but it is played so ice cold that it winds up being about manipulation with no real feeling. The filmmakers would like us to believe that they have fallen deeply in love, but it really just about lust and sex between two high powered people.
McQueen gives the laziest performance I've seen…
Seeing it is like lying in the sun flicking through fashion magazines and (as used to be said) feeling rich and beautiful beyond your wildest dreams. As the man who has everything but craves danger and turns to crime out of boredom, Steve McQueen is artful and glamorous; there's a self-awareness in his performance that makes his elegance funny. When he robs a Boston bank and outwits a mercenary woman insurance investigator (Faye Dunaway, in gaudy clothes), he's a hero for the little romantic, adolescent fascist lurking in most of us. Dunaway is so over-coiffed and overdressed, she's like a teenybopper playing at being a great lady, but she and McQueen are amusing together. What gives this trash a life,…
A good old caper movie. McQueen's movies are always nice to watch and re-watch. I'm not sure if this is his finest feature but it's still pretty good. And it has aged nicely. Not too boring and montage into is great even today.
What I love most about this movie is the balance between the man and the woman, two brilliant minds always duelling. Ugh. Too delicious.
And it helps that it's Steve McQueen (one of my all time favourite male on screen) and Faye Dunaway. Come on!!!
The Thomas Crown Affair hasn't aged very well but it's still quite fun and benefits from strong direction.
I expected more in the way of story though and the characterisation is thin if not simply non-existent.
the heist is good and i love the split screen masking stuff. but the scene where Faye Dunaway instantly solves the thing out of thin air is retardo.
Steve McQueen my love.
The plot of this film is so simple and obvious that, while it might need time to stew in order to really take effect, it would have been nice for them to give us something interesting to watch while those seeds ripened? I mean, I guess the central bit is meant to be Crown's psychology and his relationship with Vicky(?), but he's practically a mute and any emotional weight that might come from his actions have to be sort of inferred after the fact in a kind of theoretical way. It's remarkable such an unambitious, vapid film even got made. It's not flashy vapid (it's never very flashy or entertaining at all). It's just a simple, shallow execution of an extremely straightforward idea. There's something to be said for its elegance, but in practice it mostly feels lifeless.
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