Sunday, May 22, 2011

The Italian Job - Peter Collinson

The original version of The Italian Job (1969) is about a bunch of English guys who go to Europe to steal some gold using three Minis. The main song of the movie, "Getta Bloomin Move on," has become a football anthem for English fans. In addition to offering one of the best open ends in the History of movies, this is a movie about British (English) pride at a time when the European Common Market was creeping on British Sovereignty.

Another movie called The Italian Job was made in 2003, loosely inspired by the movie directed by Collinson. Mini was no longer a British brand, the public stopped liking open ends, and there is no connection whatsoever to the United Kingdom. But the British were still afraid of the Europeans taking over their sovereignty...

The original movie is just excellent.

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