Buy Tickets Reel Fashion at The Fox | A Tucson Modernism Week Event

October 8, 2014 6:00 PM

Join Fox Tucson Theatre and 3 Story Magazine for an evening of film and vintage fashion, as part of Tucson Modernism Week 2014.

Enjoy a special screening of The Thomas Crown Affair (1968) starring Steve McQueen and Faye Dunaway followed by a lively discussion with two fashion experts – Claudine Villardito, owner of Black Cat Vintage in Tucson, and Maureen Heneghan Tripp (BBC, Royal Shakespeare Company, and creator of the original Doctor Who costume).

These fashion savvy experts will offer insights and take questions from the audience concerning ’60s fashion, fashion icons of the era and what it’s like to be a costume designer and “dresser of the stars.”

Join host Andrea Kelly from Arizona Public Media and dress in your favorite vintage outfit or come just as you are.

Ticket price ($10 General Public or $8 Seniors), includes popcorn and free entry to our fun and fashionable raffle!

 

About the Film

Even in 1968, audiences knew The Thomas Crown Affair was a film of style over substance. It had an interesting premise dreamt up by a Boston Lawyer who had never written a screenplay before. It’s the films’ style and gimmicks which endeared it to audiences, that and the coolest of all stars, Steve (I move like a panther) McQueen,  teamed up with the fascinating mix of earthy sultriness and ice princess that is Faye Dunaway at her finest.

The robbery scene still holds up as an exciting, stylish, entertaining sequence that few films will top in terms of hipness. It’s here the multiple screen gimmick works best. It’s here that Hal Ashby’s editing and Walter Hill’s second unit work is most impressive. It’s the best part of the film and it works beautifully.

Affair is directed by Norman Jewison (a former editor/turned director who had just directed In the Heat of the Night, and The Russians are Coming, The Russians are Coming). United Artists didn’t put much pressure or time constraints on Jewison, and Jewison took this very weak screenplay with an interesting premise and worked with writer Alan R. Trustman to create a sandbox for him and legendary cinematographer Haskell Wexler to play in. They were young, they were anxious to break rules and try new things and they did with a ground-breaking multi-screen extravaganza called Habitat – a technology of action running in split screens that was introduced to the mainstream with this film.