Movie of the Week: The Italian Job (1969)

Peter Collinson directs Michael Caine, Noël Coward and Benny Hill in this classic British crime caper comedy where a group of cockney faces steal millions of gold bullion and escape Turin in Mini Coopers.

The best ending ever. A favourite of mine for Caine’s hyper relaxed performance, the fashions, the energy and the colour. So sweet and innocent that it could be My First Crime Movie for the kids. Now, I know deep in my heart that it isn’t perfect. It pretty much is a sexist old Brexiteer’s wet dream fantasy and whoever thought the annoying Arthur character needed quite so many lines deserves shooting. But it is so comfy, so fun and so of its very iconic moment in time that luxuriating in it is like taking a 90 minute long bubble bath that keeps its temperature and all its foamy goodness. Sometimes that’s all you really want from a movie, a bit of warmth and relaxation. Who cares about the wrinkles, hey? “Camp Freddie, everybody in the *world* is bent!”

10

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