While the charms of Paris are clear—even on rainy days when painters like Gustave Caillebotte capture the magic of Paris when it drizzles —that's not what gets me dreamy-eyed for France; it's for the Mediterranean climate, la plage, the turquoise waters. It's Nice, Cannes, St. Tropez and Monte Carlo, even little Bandol, all the sunny shores of the Cote D'Azur.
When I was a girl, watching To Catch a Thief on TV, I had no doubt that I would grow up to look just like Grace Kelly. I had blonde hair and blue eyes, didn't I? Ah, well, a girl can dream, right?
Based on the book by David Dodge and adapted for the screen by Alfred Hitchcock in 1955, it's no wonder To Catch a Thief caught Robert Burks an Oscar for his stunning cinematography. And caught our imaginations. It’s a mystery to me while the movie didn’t win for its glorious costume design by Edith Head. Love is a Many Splendoured Thing won that year.
You can catch To Catch a Thief on Amazon, YouTube, iTunes, Vudu or Google Play. And that’s today’s Saturday Matinee.