The weekend weather report in San Francisco is bleak to say the least so in addition to a few evening outings, I plan to finally check out the Legion of Honor, do some writing and whoop it up in the kitchen (stay tuned to future posts for highlights). If I have my way, I’ll also eek out a few hours to see a movie. Speaking of the silver screen, last night I met my friends Micky and Meg for a movie at the SF MOMA. Part of the MOMA’s event lineup includes screenings of significant pieces of film including cinema classics and films relative to exhibits. Last night’s feature was the 1966 romantic comedy How To Steal a Million with Audrey Hepburn and Peter O’Toole. The story is of a genius art fraud and his feisty daughter, Nicole (enter Audrey). Nicole partners with high-society burglar and hearthrob O’Toole to steal a piece of her father’s work before its insurance inspection and Daddy’s demise.
The chemistry between Hepburn and Peter O’Toole was adorable, captivating, enchanting even. And in case I wasn’t clear, O’Toole is downright dreamy. Take a look.
I recently saw Avatar (in 3D, of course) and thought it was spectacular. Modern movie marvels are not to be disrespected but I can’t help but wonder what happened to the dialogue-drafting chops of old. You’d be hard-pressed to find a romantic comedy made in the last 10 years that was so cleverly crafted. I must also toot the horn of the film’s wardrobe as Audrey and her Givenchy were magic. In one classic scene Nicole drives the burglar she’s just aprehended back to his hotel. She does so wearing a short, pink nightdress under a hot pink wool jacket and donning black patent rain boots. It was a very special (note to self: must get those glossy black Hunter Wellies, pronto!).
It’s been a long time since a film tickled as much as this classic so if you’re weather looking like mine this weekend, I recommend you stream, download or rent and prepare to be charmed.