To Catch a Thief

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Directed by Alfred Hitchcock.
With Cary Grant, Grace Kelly, Jessie Royce Landis.
US, 1955, 35mm, color, 106 min.

Like many of his mid-Fifties' films, To Catch a Thief finds Hitchcock working primarily to entertain his audiences, in preparation for the more challenging work to come. Hitchcock concocted the perfect caprice by bringing together two of the most alluring of his preferred actors: Grace Kelly and Cary Grant. The film’s tale of using a (reformed) thief to catch a thief takes a back seat, for the most part, to the romantic sparring between the stars, and indeed, the juxtaposition of these two plot elements may owe something to Lubitsch, whom Hitchcock acknowledged as “a man of pure Cinema.” An affectionate valentine to the good life,To Catch a Thief pays homage to Hitchcock's sybaritic pleasures with glittering champagne parties, bucolic picnics and a celebratory embrace of Monte Carlo's luxurious pleasure garden.

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