A classic film with a great soundtrack, 'The Italian Job' has all the ingredients necessary for a perfect night of cinematic delight with a live orchestra.
It would be hard to find a film which more encapsulates the creative (if somewhat illegal) British spirit. So as we twist and turn our way towards Brexit this timely screening could be just the ticket.
Theatre Royal Drury Lane has one of the best balcony bars in theatreland; the perfect spot to sip some refreshing bubbles before showtime.
An intro from Michael Caine perfectly set up the evening as he recounts his joyous memories of filming in Italy and a the start of a great friendship with Quincy Jones whose soundtrack was so well received.
Written by Troy Kennedy Martin and directed by Peter Collinson, the Comedy-Caper tells the story of Charlie Croker’s (Michael Caine) plan to steal a shipment of gold by bringing Turin’s traffic to a standstill, all financed from prison by exquisitely-presented crime boss Mr Bridger (Noël Coward).
Full marks to the conductor, singer and orchestra for the live concert performance pitched with perfect balance for a truly memorable performance. When deciding which films are best suited for this musical enhancement the presence of at least one unforgettable tune must be a prerequisite and here came in the shape of 'On Days Like These' and the wonderfully inspiring 'Getta Bloomin' Move On! (The Self Preservation Society)' which had heads nodding in appreciation.
If you happen to be in the minority yet to enjoy this extravaganza it's the one with Michael Caine's legendary line "You're only supposed to blow the bloody doors off!" clearly the film's most anticipated and welcome line. The HD remastered version looks better than ever and harks back to the sixties glory years when Britannia still ruled the waves, lets hope the singular course we seem to be heading on looks half as good in another 50 years time.
A feast for the eyes and ears this celluloid masterpiece realised in such prestigious surroundings provided the perfect Sunday evenings entertainment.