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Self-made billionaire Thomas Crown is bored of being able to buy everything he desires. Being irresistible to women, he also does not feel any challenge in that area. But there are a few things even he can't get, therefore Thomas Crown has a seldom hobby: He steals priceless masterpieces of Art. After the theft of a famous painting from Claude Monet, the only person suspecting Thomas Crown is Catherine Banning. Her job is to get the picture back, no matter how she accomplishes her mission. Unfortunately, Catherine gets involved too deeply with Thomas to keep a professional distance to the case. Fortunately, Thomas seems to fall for her, too. Written by
Julian Reischl <email@example.com>
The Claude Monet paintings used in the film, "San Giorgio Maggiore at dusk" and "Wheatstacks", are, of course, reproductions and were supplied by "Troubetzkoy Paintings" in New York, USA. What's more, the originals are not owned by the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. "San Giorgio Maggiore at dusk" is owned by the Bridgestone Museum of Art in Tokyo, Japan and is currently (2003) on display in the National Museum and Art Gallery, Cardiff, Wales. "Wheatstacks" is at the Getty Museum in Los Angeles. The painting Crown admires and calls "his haystacks" is Vincent van Gogh's "Noon: Rest From Work (After Millet)", the original of which is in the Musée d'Orsay in Paris, France. See more »
When Thomas steals the Monet in the first theft, he puts the painting with wooden canvas stretcher into his briefcase and folds it closed. When he opens the briefcase later, the canvas stretcher is not broken.
When Thomas "folds" the painting into the briefcase in the first theft he takes it out of the briefcase at his home. He then places it on the hidden shelf with rigid sides. If it had been folded in the briefcase the painting's backside frame would have been broken as well as the painting itself would have cracked. And he didn't have time to fix the canvas or the frame if it had been folded.
Someone already commented on the scene when Thomas Crown takes the Monet out of the brief case and puts it on the mantle with the wood frame backing. The same is true when he steals it and first puts it into the brief case. We see him take it off the wall, pull of the frame but not the the wood backing frame it's attached to. Naturally it would splinter being folded into the briefcase with it on but it all looks likes one continuous motion.
when Brosnan is stealing a painting and he slips a briefcase under the gate and slides under the gate and takes the painting off the wall and removes the painting from the frame you can clearly see that the painting is in a wooden frame but he places it into one side of the "fold up" briefcase and then literally folds the other side of the briefcase to enclose the painting, how does anybody fold wood without breaking it, I ask this because when he gets back to his house and takes the painting out of the "fold up" briefcase the painting, and the wooden frame, are magically intact, come on... See more »
If you have a chance, make sure you see this film. It's an excellent re-make, Rene Russo and Pierce Brosnan give Academy Award caliber performances. In an unusual tribute to the original, Faye Dunaway is cast as Brosnan's psychologist with whom he discusses his disillusionment with life and love. Even the normally annoying Denis Leary gives a good performance as the embittered detective who watches Russo's struggles between her heart and her job. Frankie Faison has an excellent supporting role(most may remember him as the landlord in Eddie Murphy's "Coming to America"). The film is dazzlingly shot, the yacht racing sequences are really beautiful. And above all, it's an intense love story that won't leave you disappointed. Very steamy scenes between the two make this a date movie, not a movie you watch with your kids!
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