Costumes, robberies and art-forgery

Dear followers:

The Thomas Crown Affair is a film about a gambit, robbery and art-forgery of a Claude Monet painting. Launched in 1968 performed by  Steve McQueen and Faye Dunaway. Theadora Van Runkle, let her genius as costume designer for this first movie. Here are some sketches.

In 1999 appeared a remake by Pierce Brosnan and Rene Russo.

In 1968 the wonderful theme composed by the exquisite Michel Legrand ‘The windmills of your mind’ won the Academy Award for Best Original Song. In the remake movie, appears an interesting version sung by Sting.

If you try to sing it maybe you will know how hypnotizing it is. Some wonderful words of its lyrics are:

‘Lovers walk along a shore and leave their footprints in the sand… and the world is like an apple whirling silently in space’.

Let’s dream!

Theodora Van Runkle,  the costume designer posing beside her dog

Theodora, the costume designer posing beside her dog

Theadora Van Runkle’s sketches:

By Van Runkle, T. - Costume design for Vicki, played by Faye 1

By Van Runkle, T. – Costume design for Vicki, played by Faye 1

By Van Runkle, T. - Costume design for Vicki, played by Faye 2

By Van Runkle, T. – Costume design for Vicki, played by Faye 2

By Van Runkle, T. - Costume design for Vicki, played by Faye 3

By Van Runkle, T. – Costume design for Vicki, played by Faye 3

‘The Thomas Crown Affair’ film of 1968 performed by Steve McQueen and Faye Dunaway:

Faye wearing a dress buttoned up on left side

Faye wearing a dress buttoned up on left side

Faye posing beside the sea with a roll-neck

Faye posing beside the sea with a roll-neck

Faye and Steve in love

Faye and Steve in love

Faye posing with blue beret

Faye posing with blue beret

Faye and Steve resting

Faye and Steve resting

Faye and Steve kissing

Faye and Steve kissing

Faye wearing a sleeveless dress and foulard

Faye wearing a sleeveless dress and foulard

Cover with a dedication by Faye

Cover with a dedication by Faye

Faye and Steve during filming

Faye and Steve during filming

Cover made with the style of the sixties

Cover made with the style of the sixties

The remake by Pierce Brosnan and Rene Russo:

Poster of the remake movie

Poster of the remake movie

Rene checking the wardrobe

Rene checking the wardrobe

Outfit and sunglasses for Rene

Outfit and sunglasses for Rene

Outfit for Rene

Outfit for Rene

The Claude Monet’s paintings and the gambit:

Oil on canvas painting by Claude Monet  'Dusk in Venice. San Giorgio Maggiore by sunset'

Oil on canvas painting by Claude Monet ‘Dusk in Venice. San Giorgio Maggiore by sunset’

Pierce carrying his briefcase at the museum

Pierce carrying his briefcase at the museum

Another oil on canvas of the museum painting by Claude Monet 'Wheatstacks. End of Summer'

Another oil on canvas of the museum painting by Claude Monet ‘Wheatstacks. End of Summer’

 

Pierce at the museum. The third painting from left is 'Dusk in Venice. San Giorgio Maggiore by sunset'

Pierce at the museum. The third painting from left is ‘Dusk in Venice. San Giorgio Maggiore by sunset’

Pierce seated and dissimulating, looking to  a Van Gogh

Pierce seated and dissimulating, looking to a Van Gogh

Rene and Pierce kissing

Rene and Pierce kissing

The René Magritte’s ‘The Son of Man’ and the robbery:

Oil on canvas painting by René Magritte 'The Son of Man'

Oil on canvas painting by René Magritte ‘The Son of Man’

Pierce arrayed as 'The son of man' by Magritte

Pierce arrayed as ‘The son of man’ by Magritte

Pierce with his bowler hat

Pierce with his bowler hat

Pierce holding the canvas

Pierce holding the canvas

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29 responses to “Costumes, robberies and art-forgery

  1. I loved the 1999 version, even though it was universally panned by critics. I am happy to read about it again. Thank you for sharing more lovely sketches.

    • Hi Sab, I absolutely agree with you. Critics and experts unjustly appraised this movie. But sometimes a remake or a version, on any kind of work, it could be excellent, in my opinion like this.
      Rene and Pierce always appear seductive, and the soundtrack in my opinion is plenty by itself. Maybe some sequence is not enough credible, but this is cinema, and only to see the multiplied Magritte, this movie is amazing. Thanks a lot for your comment and best wishes. 😉

  2. Annie B

    This happens to be one of my favorite movies! One I can honestly say I liked both version, though if pushed to pick a favorite – it would be Steve & Faye. The chess scene in the original is to me one of the hottest scenes ever. Thanks for this. It made my evening.

    • Hi Annie, I’m glad to remind you one of your favourite movies. I congratulate you, if you saw the two of this title, because I adore all world of pictures about the first but I never saw it. Faye and Steve in action can be always splendorous and gorgeous. I’m writing down your hint and I when I get it, I will see it. Thanks a lot to your comment, that just conquer me. Best wishes 😉

  3. Great movie! I’ve never seen the original but after viewing your photos above I think I’m going to look for it… Faye was absolutely beautiful 🙂

    • Oh Linda, I must to leave the role of blogger and be a follower like you, because I only saw the remake, and I’m sure that this couple in action will be splendid. I hope a river of chic and hot details from the original. But not ever it is good to compare because in my opinion the settings and music of the remake are so wonderful. And the couple is so cool too. I’m grateful for your comment. Have a nice day! 😉

  4. One of my very favorite films– both versions! I’ve also worked as costume designer for films, and I’m always fascinated by the way we (and film characters) express ourselves and who we are through our clothing.

    • Hello, when I went to the university the first and second courses we learned some peripheral subjects of fine arts, and one of these referred to storyboards and the costume’s settings. That’s the one relation with dressing I ever had. But in my mind I see a kind of tap, but not for cold and hot water, but with two purposing directions. One to equalize a complete outfit and the other to contrast and to break all thing uniformed and homogeneous. Is my little theory about contrast details. I’m so grateful for your comment. I’m pleased for your stopping by. Cheers!

  5. Oh, I will check it out. Have you seen Catch me if you can? It’s with Leonardo di Caprio and about a con man based on a true story. It’s a very good film!

    Thank you for finding my blog and checking out my profile and music. Happy to see your blog as well and I will surely follow you back!

    • Hi Kattis, you made me the morning, I’m so glad for a comment and this time for your open confidence. I didn’t see the movie you say, but just now I remember that someone one day suggested this to me. After your friendly hint, I can’t to miss it. I like Portishead too, and always I have been an amateur singer, (guitar, harp, you know…) but now I’m in a chorus and we play mainly baroque, and lonely at home I try to sing any kind of ‘arias’.
      Thanks a lot for your comment. xo

  6. Great post! Class and charme in the sketches of Theadora.

  7. Hi SU~ Well, I’ve just hit my guide on DirecTV and found both the older and newer version of the film and plan on watching them. Thanks!!! I love finding movies that I haven’t seen. (which is hard to do. lol 😉 ) As for the soundtrack, my hubby is already trying to find the Sting version as he is a HUGE Sting fan. Steve McQueen & Faye Dunaway are hot!!! lol I can’t wait to see that one. Thanks again for the great post. Sharing this now.

    • Hi I’m so glad you liked this post, we really must to thank to all the personnel of these movies, for their success and chic style. Two couples, two men and two women, these four so seductive. Thanks a million for your comment. I’m so pleased to meet you. Best wishes ❤

  8. I have watched the remake, but would love to see the 1968 film. 60’s is one of my preferred era!
    Fay Dunaway looked divine in that blue beret; I have a soft spot for berets, and here’s mine I’m wearing today:
    http://vivalaviv.com/2014/05/12/my-autumn-winter-essentials-the-beret/

    Vivienne X

    • I’m like you, I only saw the remake, about the original I only know a lot of pictures, without movement. It is in stand-by. Your red beret is excellent. Thanks so much for let your opinion. Have a nice day!

    • Hola Ana, siento el retraso, pero las tareas de los sábados, aún de vacaciones, son… ¡infinitas! A mí también me gustó mucho la de Brosnan y Russo, por su ambientación, aunque los expertos la tengan por ligerita. Me ocurre que pese a conocer gran parte de sus abundantes y exquisitas imágenes, la versión original a cargo de de McQueen y Dunaway no la he visto (aún).

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