Rebirth of Reason

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Thomas Crowne Affair (1999 vs. 1968)

Starring: Pierce Brosnan vs. Steve McQueen, Renee Russo vs. Faye Dunaway
Director: John McTiernan vs. Norman Jewison
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Thomas Crowne Affair
The 1968 original was a picaresque in the tradition of Thomas Mann's Felix Krull and the folk anti-hero Tyl Eulenspiegel.  The 1999 remake is the result of a new generation with higher demands.  In the 1999 story, the conflict is hot, heated, and high-spirited.  In both versions, the motivation for multi-millionaire Thomas Crowne to pull off the perfect heist is the same: he needs challenge.  However, in the original, the challenge is not enough; it is ultimately pointless, as is life.  In the 1999 remake, Thomas Crown and Catherine Olds Banning both have risen because other people have underestimated them. In the remake, the challenge creates a conflict that brings a new test, and the protagonist rises to it because he is a man of ambition and achievement.  The two movies are so different in their sense of life, that all they have in common is the basic elements of the plot.
Added by Michael E. Marotta
on 11/25/2004, 10:01pm

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