Movie Monday- The Thomas Crown Affair

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Hello! I know it’s not Monday any more, but Monday disappeared into the abyss of work, sushi, and dancing. So, I had a long blog weekend. I’m back today to share with you this edition of Movie Monday, kicking off a week full of fun posts.

The Thomas Crown Affair may be a’90s movie starring Pierce Brosnan in his hunky years (which entails his whole life. Who am I kidding?!), but before that, it was a fashionable ’60s film starring a couple of the decade’s sexiest people- Steve McQueen and Faye Dunaway. And if you don’t think they’re that sexy (I was arguing about this with some of my friends), just watch the famous chess scene, or any scene with the two of them, and you will completely understand.

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Shot in the late ’60s, director Norman Jewison employs an experimental style including some “artsy” split-screen montages, unique camera angles, and memorable moments that center around actions much more than dialoge. It’s a fashionable, romantic romp full of warm, sensuous colors and sophisticated characters.

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If you’re looking for a good date night film with content both sexes can appreciate, this is it. The plot* revolves around the bank heist, planned by already-millionaire Thomas Crown, which was so well executed that a specialist is hired to get the man who pulled the job. And get him she did- romantically speaking. If you ask me, the movie is more about chemistry than about bank heists.

The famous scene in which McQueen and Dunaway seduce one another (Dunaway doing the majority of the flirting) is one of the most epic romantic scenes in Hollywood history. The scene includes quite a few lingering close-ups, capturing the intimacy of the moment, and other unique camera angles. It’s pretty fun to watch!

*The 1999 version of The Thomas Crown affair explores the heist plot further than the 1968 version, but exercises less restraint.

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5 Responses

  1. Katie says:

    always looking for new (old) movies to watch! i’ll have to put this in my queue!

  2. allie says:

    Dude, Steve McQueen’s got some swag. He’s in one of my favorites, Love With a Proper Stranger.

  3. silly me. I had no idea Steve McQueen was even in this movie! I have the soundtrack on vinyl but never saw it ever. Great caps!

  4. I’m a big fan of the 90’s version of Thomas Crown (it introduced me to Nina Simone) and I was aware that it was a remake but not with McQueen and Dunaway. I’ll have to check it out!

  5. God I LOVE Faye Dunaway! Bonnie & Clyde, Chinatown…nobody does “70s does 30s” better :)