Seasonal Staff Picks – Thief (In Memory of James Caan) [In-Person Only]

This event took place Aug 12 - Aug 14, 2022

$13 General Admission
$10 Student/Child/Senior
$7 Member

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Michael Mann
2h 3m


(Michael Mann, US, 1981, 123 min, in English)

As he inches closer to his dream of leading a normal life, a professional safecracker agrees to do a job for the mafia, who have other plans for him.

Released in the US as Violent Streets, Michael Mann’s super-influential, minimalist neo-noir looks as authentic and original today as it did in 1981. (On the subject of authenticity: Mann used real thieves as technical advisors on the film!)

Donald Thorin’s icily brilliant cinematography and a relentless, driving soundtrack by Tangerine Dream top off a smoldering, humid heap of a film whose showers of safecracking sparks stay permanently primed to fly into the unwitting, flammable imaginations of generations of audiences.

Synopsis courtesy of Park Circus. Photo credit: Thief © 1981 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc. All Rights Reserved.

💐 March 26, 1940 – July 6, 2022 💐

Moved to memorialize the late James Caan, NWFF programmers jumped the queue to find a calendar slot for Brenan’s summer pick: Michael Mann’s Thief.

Caan’s tough-talking roles belied the softness and humor of an everydad. While a full-body frizz and burly physique may have made him a ’70s sex symbol, reinforced by roles as a passionate, raw-knuckled criminal, the cheeky humor that danced at the corners of his perennially squinty peepers bewitched anyone with an inclination to watch a little closer.

Picked by Brenan Chambers

Picked by Brenan Chambers

pronouns: he/him
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