All right Mr. DeMille, I'm ready for my close-up

21 January 2012

Popcorn Chic-The Thomas Crown Affair, 1968

"You do live very well don't you?"

"No complaints"-Thomas Crown

This week I ran across an article celebrating Faye Dunaway's 70th birthday.  Included of course were images from her role in director Norman Jewison's  The Thomas Crown Affair, 1968 .  A sparkling sexy and stylish film about a bored playboy millionaire who lives for the thrill, an uncharacteristic but yummy role for Steve McQueen. Thomas Crown pulls off a bank heist and the banks' insurance investigator, Faye Dunaway, goes after her man. 

 I loved the Pierce Brosnan Rene Russo match up in the 1999 remake but McQueen and Dunaway have a chemistry that film legend is made of - 

the air simply crackles between them.

 Their chess game is perhaps the most talked about scene but for me it is their early morning stroll on Beacon Hill.

Norman Jewison's created a very 60s "mod" mood with split screens and insets and it is delicious to watch.
 Go for the story, and Steve's eyes of course, but stay for the style. 

 Filmed in and around my home town of Boston the sets include the second Harrison Gray Otis House on Mt. Vernon Street on  Beacon Hill as Thomas Crown's home,

the cars  and toys

and of course the clothes!

All 29 pieces in Faye Dunaway's wardrobe were designed by Theadora Van Runkle who also dressed Dunaway for Bonnie and Clyde.  

 Each piece as much a part of the film as Dunaway herself.

Grab the popcorn and enjoy the ride!

photos from IMDB