It was very enjoyable relaxing with THE THOMAS CROWN AFFAIR again one afternoon last week ... where Faye gives a masterclass on how to walk into a movie and/or arrive at an airport. This plays like a perfect late '60s movie now, with all those '60s fashions (Faye's are by Theodora Van Runkle), split screens, and that lovely score by Michel Legrand. Faye has a staggering outfit and hairstyle for each scene - the airport, at the auction (that big black hat), that wispy chiffon dress for the chess playing scene etc. Her Vicki Anderson is a terrific creation, the investigator who will stop at nothing (like fixing up schlub Jack Weston, one of the bank robbers) to nab that daring bank-robber. She knows right away it is Steve McQueen who is the mastermind behind the 5 strangers who never met before ...
It was a busy time for Norman Jewison: those early Judy Garland tv shows, Doris Day hits like THE THRILL OF IT ALL and SEND ME NO FLOWERS, THE CINCINNATI KID (with Tuesday Weld again, and Ann-Margret), the huge success of IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT which we loved in 1967, then on to FIDDLER ON THE ROOF etc. I know the remake of THOMAS CROWN is quite good and different, I shall have to give it a go then ...
|That '60s Alpine chalet chic ...|
Faye though gives it her all and looks stunning - this was her goddessy high-glamour era after all (Kazan's THE ARRANGEMENT was another terrific role for her in 1969, then there was 1970's PUZZLE OF A DOWNFALL CHILD, another to re-see) - I had a glossy still of her from this one on my wall at the time. Marcello of course is as per usual. Our lovers here did become lovers in real life for a few years ... before Mastroianni took up with Catherine Deneuve. Faye writes interestingly about it in her fascinating memoir "Looking for Gatsby".
|The Towerning Inferno|
|Cannes Festival poster 2011|
It was good seeing Faye getting on famously with Jonathan Ross on his TV show [its on YouTube] here in the UK last year, [unlike the interviewer who needled her about Polanski], Ross is another admirer of hers, but as usual before she could steer the conversation around to the film she was promoting then [whatever happened to that?] she had to go through, once again, how great it was to work with Newman, Redford, McQueen, Nicholson, Brando etc. Most 'civilians' don't have to recall what they were doing or who they were working with 40 years ago or be constantly reminded of their brilliant younger selves (or indeed have their rants on the telephone broadcast worldwide, as per that YouTube clip). Its tough being a working actress in your '60s these days..."