I was browsing through my photos and I found this one; a post that intended to get published but never made it, till now. So, this beautiful film that won an Oscar for Best Cinematography will be my Christmas gift for you, not a Dickens story with ghosts, no, definitely a contrapuntal Christmas choice.
To Catch a Thief (1955) is not a winter film, either, that's why you will cherish it. Summer beaches, expensive diamonds disappearing out of the blue, a couple with an acute sense of fashion and with good chemistry, struggling between character that keeps them apart and lust that brings them so together; Grace Kelly who gave up acting to her Prince of Monaco (this is a future destination, now that I remembered) and a wisely tanned Cary Grant hanging out in the French Riviera is the best way I could imagine for everybody who wants to bring some glamour and luxury to the festive days. If you are caught amidst crisis, that is. Otherwise, enjoy your own very personal, material bliss.
I got to see the film in an open-air cinema in Theatre des Capucins this summer in Luxembourg. A long summer that needed to be spiced up. With films; fake passions; adventurous outings. But, as Alain de Botton puts it (citing various others) what is the safest trip of all, if not the one you make barely moving from your armchair. Cosy and nice, you get to socialize with the Stars, wine and dine with them and if you are lucky, maybe you will kiss one in the end.
And for those who know, they can see me behind the wheel, driving the car like a roller-coaster. Grace was driving dangerously, too, at least in the film. It's so ironic, if you think about it.