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The Thief Who Came to Dinner (1973)
I watched this film expecting to see a film like the enjoyable heist films of Hollywood's Golden Age. I was very disappointed, as the film never achieved the magic that those earlier films achieved. In fact, this film never really got off the ground. In truth, it was bland. I liked Ryan O'Neal in Paper Moon and What's Up, Doc, but here he seemed adrift, never fully invested in his character. Warren Oates was very good, but his role was underwritten. His final confrontation scene with O'Neal (the final scene of the film) was an anticlimax. Jacqueline Bisset was woefully underused in the film. She was very good in her first big scene, and I kept waiting for her to appear again. But when she did, she only appeared for a few seconds at a time, which was a waste of this talented actress. The direction is flat, and the script was never as witty or exciting as it should have been. Jill Clayburgh and Austin Pendleton had the best moments of the film in their small roles; during their scenes the film came alive. Overall though, this film was not very good. My suggestion to you: seek out Trouble in Paradise (1932), Jewel Robbery (1932), or How to Steal a Million (1966) instead.
Le dernier métro (1980)
The Last Metro was François Truffaut's biggest success. It swept the Caesar awards in its native France. And it is easy to see why. This is his masterpiece, perfect in every respect. Catherine Deneuve also rises to the occasion giving her all-time best performance. Gérard Depardieu and Heinz Bennent are also exceptional. The film will stay in your mind long after you finish watching it. It is my favorite foreign-language film of all time, my favorite film of the 80s, my favorite film that has been done in the last 40 years. It is a true masterpiece in every sense of the word. Please seek it out for yourself today. You will not regret it. It will live in your mind forever.