Monaco Movie Style

Are you looking for an effortly sylish French Riviera thriller from the best director in the business? Then you need to look back to Hitchcock’s 1955 To Catch a Thief.

Some critics say that the movie lacks substance, but what it lacks in substance it definitely makes up for with style. Following on from his more serious works Dial M for Murder and Rear Window, this languid picture showcases it’s two main stars, Cary Grant and Grace Kelly, as well as the picturesque location – the Côte d’Azur in France.

Cary Grant plays John “The Cat” Robie, a retired jewel thief who attempts to clear his name after a copycat starts stealing from wealthy Riviera tourists. In his search he meets wealthy widow Jessie Stevens, and her beautiful daughter Frances. The insurance adjuster for the Stevens agrees to help Robie catch the thief. What follows is a lush, lazy trip through a relatively transparent plot, but with the benefit of seeing Grace Kelly in her natural habitat – dressing like a princess in spectacular surroundings. Cary Grant does his bit too – and all in all it is a gorgeous romantic thriller with the touch of the master to mark it out – escapism at its best.


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