William Wyler’s HOW TO STEAL A MILLION
HOW TO STEAL A MILLION (1966, 122 min).
Directed by William Wyler. Audrey Hepburn, Peter O’Toole, Hugh Griffith.
Nicole is the heir to a grand collection of forged art, courtesy of her rascally father and grandfather. When a “Cellini” Venus is leant to an exhibition and is unexpectedly subject to examination for the gallery’s insurance, she hatches a plan with a society burglar to heist it. Audrey is impossibly chic in her Givenchy wardrobe, O’Toole drives a yummy butter yellow Jaguar, and the whole Parisian confection (filmed in August, when the city was empty) is simply delicious 1960s glam. Venerable production designer Alexander Trauner commissioned the best art forgers in Paris to create a museum of “masterpieces.” Love me a low tech robbery, too, with a boomerang, a magnet and a mop bucket.
Wednesday, October 2