Tuesday, 15 December 2015

I've Just Seen: The Thomas Crown Affair (1968)

The Thomas Crown Affair (1968)


Director: Norman Jewison

There are very few films that seem to capture an era as well as The Thomas Crown Affair does the 1960s. It is stylish to a fault, with its fractured split-screens, trippy theme song 'Windmills of Your Mind,' fashionable costumes, and beautiful people. Steve McQueen and Faye Dunaway circle each other, as Dunaway's Vicki Anderson tries to catch McQueen's Thomas Crown for the 'perfect' crime he committed.

I really like Dunaway as an actor, and she is good as Vicki, pursuing Crown both morally and romantically. The famous chess scene from the film is the most memorable one, as the two flirt using only gestures, with intimate close-ups on their faces. McQueen is also good as the wealthy Crown, who's motivation for his crimes is the thrill of getting away with it.

As I said, the film is incredibly stylish but without much underneath, except a reasonably entertaining story and two good central performances.

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