I found the six minute clip on youtube and I'm making it today's Sunday Slacker video. I know, I know. It's not a movie based on a book. I know BUT since the movie about Steve McQueen's life based in part on Marshall Terrill's autobiography is going forward, I'm considering everything Steve McQueen-related background research material. Or something. I'll be honest; it's just cool.
Michel LeGrand composed the music—part of what gives this particular chess game its atypical sizzle. I mean how often do the words 'sexy' and 'chess' show up in the same sentence? Leave it to McQueen and Faye Dunaway to put the sexy into chess in this very cool and stylized sequence.
Faye Dunaway's super chic 60's wardrobe was designed by three time Oscar nominee Theadora van Runkle—The Godfather II, Peggy Sue Got Married and Bonnie & Clyde—while Steve McQueen, style icon AKA the King of Cool, rocked the upper classy suits and tux look in much the same way that he did leather jackets, t-shirts and jeans.
The Thomas Crown Affair may not be a great movie but it's most definitely a great-looking one.
Take a look at the Chess Game scene and see what you think. I'd love to see the sales figures for chess sets for 1968. I bet they went sky high.