WANTED by the police in all the luxury-spots of Europe!... A catch for any woman!
To prevent being accused of the crimes, an ex-burglar must catch a thief who’s been copying his style.
To prevent being accused of the crimes, an ex-burglar must catch a thief who’s been copying his style.
Το κυνήγι του κλέφτη, Para atrapar al ladrón, Drž'te lopova, Fang tyven, Fogjunk tolvajt!, Houdt den dief, Kelepçeli âsik, Met dieven vangt men dieven, Ta fast tjuven, Tyv fanger tyv, Uhvatite lopova, Varkaitten paratiisi, Zlodziej w hotelu, Да хванеш крадец, Вловити злодія, Спіймати злодія, Über den Dächern von Nizza, La Main au Collet
The key sequence for understanding this movie is when Cary Grant evades capture by the police by disguising himself in a pair of swim trunks and going to the beach.
Look, they can't all be Vertigo, Psycho, The Wrong Man, North By Northwest, Rear Window, I Confess, Strangers On A Train, The Birds, Frenzy, Rope, Notori...
Ravenous filmmaking in the guise of a hangout travelogue. Cary Grant juggles police presence and the flirtations of Grace Kelly like a beach bum after an expensive lunch-date - meaning there's not a narrative drive to be found. Instead, Hitchcock distills his chief interests into mini sequences and gentle brushstrokes. The opening, dissolving between shots of a black cat illuminated by the vibrant, nocturnal green of the night and precious jewels being stolen by an unknown presence, highlights Hitchcock's elegance in manufacturing so much out of so little. To Catch a Thief plays out like a mildly-suspenseful vacation, shimmering via Robert Burks' photography (which is some of the greatest in any movie) and the instances in which Hitch's form is manipulated and shifted to suit the dreamy exclamation points of the story. Just let it play and fall into its spell.
In some ways, this is just feature-length test footage for the green color scheme of Vertigo.
Relatively lightweight when compared to the couple of Hitchcock films that preceded it, To Catch a Thief is nevertheless engaging from its first frame & presents the esteemed director ingeniously tying up the elements of mystery & thriller with romance to deliver a cinema that's hard to resist and which also invites the audience to solve the perplexing case along with its characters.
To Catch a Thief tells the story of a retired cat burglar who sets out to catch the new thief in town for the latter has been copying the former's infamous methods in carrying out the burglary. The film stars Cary Grant as the suspected burglar thief who needs to uncover the identity of his copy-cat before it's too…
It's a shame that we never got the chance to see Grace Kelly's career truly evolve. Her work with Hitchcock gave us some of the most fun characters that were ever present in his movies. Her characters were a little bit brash, definitely confident, so very stylish and their presence was gravitational. She outshines Cary Grant here which is no small task. But she got to be a queen so who am I kidding? It seems like she would have been suited for that too.
To Catch a Thief. 1955. Directed by Alfred Hitchcock.
To Catch a Thief, despite being a suspense, is like a great vacation in the south of France. Hitchcock took advantage of color cinema by capturing all of the beautiful naturally occurring colors of the ocean and surrounding country in southern France. The flora, the costumes, the jewelry, and the accents are so relaxing and soothing. Cary Grant and Grace Kelly always serve as an anxiolytic. The story is quite simple really. Cary Grant is accused of being the new cat burglar who is stealing the wealthiest tourists’s jewels. However, he is on the trail of the actual cat burglar. In the meantime, he falls in love with Grace Kelly’s character…
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To Catch a Thief is a good thriller. Alfred Hitchcock always delivers when I’m looking for an entertaining film. Every time I see one of his films I’m further more convinced that he was one of the most masterful directors in film history. The plot is good it’s a beguiling and memorable story. The mystery is unpredictable and fun to follow even though it can feel a little too lightweight at times. The story uses a similar plot structure and plot points as James Bond films, I wouldn’t be surprised if this film inspired a few of the early Bond films. The story has a couple flaws the biggest being that the story can…
"Do you want a leg or a breast?"
Squeezed in the middle of Hitchcock's filmography, To Catch a Thief, is many times forgotten since it came out the year after Rear Window. Hitchcock also had greater success with his later films, Pyscho, The Birds, North by Northwest, and Vertigo so this film is easily discarded when we compare it to his other works. It is a shame because To Catch a Thief has many great things going for it which we now take for granted. For instance the love story mixed right in the middle of the mystery is captivating. Perhaps for modern audiences the mystery involving this copycat thief, known as the cat, may be way to easy to…
Hitchcock wanted a holiday so he jumped when offered the chance to film To Catch a Thief, which he turned into a luxurious 106-minute cinematic vacation on the Côte d’Azure, that sunny place for shady people. He gives us a holiday from his usual suspense, psychological drama, and consequences. It’s a piece of pure entertainment, like a rich, well-confected desert. Two of the most beautiful people in the world playing essentially themselves, an ex-acrobat turned debonair gentleman and the most beautiful and charming American heiress, exchanging witty banter and double entendres.
It’s impossible now to watch Grace Kelly spinning carefree through the Alpes-Maritimes, along winding escarpment roads in a convertible Sunbeam Alpine the color of the Mediterranean hundreds of feet…
films during the 1950s:
> innovative plots like "oh, this man was tasked/hired to do this and that but then certain situations *typically the main twist* occurred and now he wants to rectify those for him to know "the truth"
> mostly involve romance, but of course incorporated/fused with mystery, thriller, and a little bit of comedy (very observable characteristic)
> main characters (straight, gays were opressed that time) always end up together; but before that happens, the girl will --- naturally --- turn their back against the boy because they made a wrong impression about them, but then proven wrong so resorts in asking for forgiveness
> have that one character that is extremely random but then turns out they're actually the villain
cary grant: i self tan so i don't have to wear makeup for my films
me, a makeup artist: i mean that's your choice buddy but hope you had fun looking like george hamilton
The narrative is pretty slight and uninteresting but there’s so much beauty in every frame here, certainly the most opulent Hitchcock film I’ve seen. The green lighting is insane, unmotivated and dreamy in a way that moves all the rooftop burglary scenes into a really weird psychic landscape. The Freudian elements come on later in the film with some Oedipal fixations and a great scene of Grace Kelly wielding a comically large unopened umbrella, but it’s definitely lighter fare than some of the more psychologically involved or perverse Hitchcock. A nice hang!
well now i just wanna go to the french riviera
grace kelly 🗣🗣🗣🗣🗣🗣🗣🗣🗣🗣🗣🗣 pelo amor de deus que mulher é essa parece um anjo, não é à toa que ela era uma princesa de verdade, sem condições perfeita demais, além de ser uma boa atriz, valeu a pena assistir só por causa dela
To Catch a Thief is the fifth Hitchcock film I've seen, and the one of lowest quality. That is not to say it isn't a good film - it is - it just isn't a great film. It is visually stunning, with excellent cinematography that highlights the setting of the French Riviera. The two leads were Cary Grant and Grace Kelly as jewel thief John Robie (AKA 'The Cat') and rich socialite Francie Stevens, respectively. They are great actors in their own right, but the chemistry was lacking between their characters and I found the romance to be unbelievable. Stevens goes from calling out Robie (who had been posing as a timber man Mr Burns) as The Cat, to feeling…
linda demais a grace kelly aiai suspirei com tanta elegância
Personally, I prefer the new car. Not only is it cheaper, but it will run better and last longer!
People always are like “Hitchcock...SCARY” or at least “Hitchcock SUSPENSEFUL” but lately every time I put on a Hitchcock film it’s got next to nothing going on. I love Psycho but this film as well as The Trouble With Harry are like “omg amazing cinematography” and the story is like “la-dee-dah there’s some people living in a town where nothing is happening...at all.” “And then what??” “And then...eventually...something sort of happens.”
I liked this though!
Running away from the police? Get your trunks on mate, they'll never spot you.
The most realistic part of this movie is when everyone is turning to look at Grace Kelly as they're walking through the hotel.
Not Hitchcocks finest but still good fun. Great setting and scene arrangement. Classic cinema entertainment.
Breezy and fun Hitchcock about a cat burglar situation in the south of France. Nicely made and entertaining, but not much to it. I really liked the night time compositions, a unique and strong sense of colour and darkness, very impressive.
Well, it was interesting.
I think that Hitchcock definitely takes advantage of the setting. As always, lots of interesting camerawork and choices with lighting.
But it just seems like it meanders. There’s suspense, but it’s not really a groundbreaking mystery or twist.
Performances were quite good as well.
“I don’t like cold things touching my skin.”
Overall To Catch a Thief is entertaining! Certainly witty at moments and quite sultry from Grace Kelly’s part that I absolutely adore. Haven’t really seen many of her films so I’m excited to explore more. And obviously we came for Grace’s fashion. Every single look of hers is 💯 I love when Cary Grant uses his French in films. It makes me melt so much even though his accent isn’t..the best. Cinematically the film is gorgeous but not so much suspense really and in the few moments it tries, the scenes seem fleeting.
Qui est le chat??
Watching Cary Grant and Grace Kelly act in this movie is like watching deGrom and Cole duel, backed up by lineups filled with a bunch of Jake Cave clones. :clap: Film. :clap: On. :clap: Location. :clap: I have a lot of questions about the internal logic of the LEOs in this movie. The first movie with a hackey sack?
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