Unsurprisingly, I loved it.
The Caan Film Festival (belatedly) continues with Michael Mann’s Thief!
I feel guilty for never having seen this movie in its entirety before, particularly given my Mann fandom. It’s not just the masterful Caan performance at the center of Thief - it’s the astonishing nighttime photography of slick Chicago streets and neon lights; the borderline abstract imagery in the safe-cracking scenes; the devastating portrait of a man’s idyllic future crumbling before his eyes; the utterly authentic depiction of an ex-con’s…
“Would you want to be a part of this history?” - Jimmy Hoffa
“Yes, I would. Whatever you need me to do, I’m available.” - Me
New York Film Festival screening at Alice Tully Hall. Good lord, how I loved this film. What can I even say? The shortest 3 1/2 hours of my life. My heroes banded together for a masterpiece.
Everything about Spencer is remarkable - Kristen Stewart’s lead performance, Jonny Greenwood’s jazzy score, the hallucinatory sequences involving Anne Boleyn, the claustrophobic design of the Overlook Hotel-esque royal estate - coalescing into a film much more idiosyncratic and interesting than a run-of-the-mill Princess Diana biopic.