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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
great starts but it fell flat
Steve McQueen's smarmy machismo is well-suited for his role as the eponymous Thomas Crown, while Faye Dunaway is his perfect foil. Norman Jewison's playful direction is still fresh almost fifty years later, complimented by Hal Ashby's editing, especially the use of split screens and isolated inserts (instead of using the more conventional cross-cutting) is captivating in how it cleverly facilitates the narrative while still being visually arresting. Finally, the film would not be what it is without Michel Legrand's sumptuous score, which is never more playfully erotic than in the chess game: the centrepiece of the film. According to Jewison, the kiss between McQueen and Dunaway that follows the chess game was so long and erotically charged that several newspapers refused to run the ad for the film. While the fashions may date the film, the caper story still holds up, and one wonders if it provided inspiration to Nolan for his opening bank robbery in THE DARK KNIGHT.
Constructed largely around the looks of McQueen, Dunaway, their wardrobes, Crown's rich boy's toys and Jewison's eye for lush cinematrography, this is an interesting period star vehicle, with lots of good bits, some fine chemistry and a lot of flab and flibble filling in to get the thing up to feature length. But even that bloody awful song can't spoil how much guilty fun the film is.
Ugh. Slow and boring.
Yet another great performance from cool Steve McQueen and Faye Dunaway!
Great and ingenious scenario and nice work from the camera.
SAW: at home
The opening bank robbery is superbly executed and the rest just looks good. The plot is quite thin, but there is something so cool about Steve McQueen and Faye Dunaway having a battle of wits in chess and sexual attraction.
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.
Un crime caper fort réjouissant avec Jewison qui se la joue agressif / expérimental au montage. Faye Dunaway est à craquer.
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