I have a confession to make: I love Peter O’Toole. I know, the age difference is insurmountable…not to mention the fact that we have never met (and probably never will). But I have seen just about every movie he’s ever made (even the really weird ones…What’s New Pussycat anyone?) and I’ve concluded that my love is eternal.
Anyway, How to Steal a Million is one of Peter’s best. He’s a charming private detective specialising in art forgery, while Audrey Hepburn is the daughter of an incorrigible art forger. She catches Peter in the act of examining one of her father’s ersatz Van Goghs and assumes he is an art thief. She enlists his aid in a scheme to steal a fake sculpture from a high security Paris museum, and since he finds her so fetching, he decides to help. Their scheme goes off without a hitch and, in the process, they fall in love.
Audrey is beautiful (as always) and full of adorable naiveté (which is odd considering her family’s underhanded business dealings) and Hugh Griffith is good fun as her morally clueless father. John Williams channels Henry Mancini for one of his early scores and Givenchy costumes Ms. Hepburn in some real humdingers (like the lace face mask she wears for her shady meeting with Peter).
And as for Peter, he is very funny (if you’ve seen Lawrence of Arabia, you might not believe me, but it’s true…he can be funny) and obviously relishes the part. His chemistry with Audrey is outstanding and he adds a lot of little quirky touches to his character that makes him all the more endearing. All in all, a fun little caper, totally worth the watch.
My polish for How to Steal a Million is Finger Paints Art of Theft. It is a beautiful dark blue with tiny flecks of pink and purple shimmer (it actually looks purple in the bottle, so the vibrant blue came as a surprise). This picture is 2 coats and I had a little bit of bubbling, so I added a thick layer of topcoat to even things out. So lovely! One of my new favorites. ~K