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THOMAS CROWN AFFAIR, THE (1968): DVD

SYNOPSIS:
Thomas Crown (Steve McQueen) is a millionaire businessman who pulls off the perfect crime – for fun. His cover is perfect; he needs nothing. (Except perhaps a partner…) Insurance investigator Vicky Anderson (Faye Dunaway) is put on the job, and she has deep suspicions about Crown but can’t prove anything. Then she begins to see him socially.

"A lot of people remember this film because of the music" says director Norman Jewison in his feature-length commentary made years after this 1968 caper was made. But he says he was careful not to overuse the music, which makes a narrative contribution to the plot. "It's really a love story between two shits," he says. "I felt it to be a stylistic, romantic piece – a case of style over content." It's interesting to hear Jewison's commentary, so long after the release of his Thomas Crown Affair. His recollections are very much an overview and recall how his background of theatre and television influenced his style, and how his personal idiosyncrasies such as cigars, cemeteries and racy cars find their way into his movies. Jewison describes the multiple scene techniques, their rationale and how effective they are as a story telling device. In the days before computer technology, these montages were all effected in post production and were never storyboarded. In many ways Thomas Crown Affair was a film before its time. The clothes may be dated, but there's plenty of allure and intrigue in this original. If you've seen the 1999 Pierce Brosnan/Rene Russo remake, you may notice the similarities and the differences. The original is slower, more deliberate and has a darker edge. The characters are perhaps more complex and not as immediately likeable as the newer slick version. Check out the booklet with info about the film's creation, revisit the original theatrical trailer and jump to the various chapters, be it with English, Swedish, Norwegian, Dutch, French or Polish subtitles."
Louise Keller

"The first screenplay of a lawyer in his mid 30s, The Thomas Crown Affair is a combination of experiments and experience, as Norma Jewison's narration explains. As in most cases, the director's notes after a film has been in the marketplace for a while provide even more insights than they do if recorded immediately after the production process ends. Hindsight and time give such commentaries a greater degree of objectivity - and context. I was especially intrigued by Jewison's frequent references to the extent of creative freedom directors in general and he in particular on this film, enjoyed in the late 60s. He also provides much valuable setting for the film's technical, visual and musical elements. Historic stuff. Then there is the odd but interesting remarks about why he didn't want Faye Dunaway to smile more than once or twice in the whole movie!"
Andrew L. Urban

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THOMAS CROWN AFFAIR (PG)
(US)

CAST: Steve McQueen, Faye Dunaway
DIRECTOR/PRODUCER: Norman Jewison
RUNNING TIME: 102 minutes

DVD RELEASE: December 1999
DISTRIBUTOR: Warner Home Video







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