Cinema: How to Lift a Bust

Gambit. A perfect crime is like a soup-can skyscraper in a supermarket. Its smug symmetry, the hubris of it all, inspires the naughty little boy in everybody with a devilish desire to give the arrogant thing a nudge and bring it down in a thundering great heap. In Gambit, the naughty little boy in everybody should have the time of his life.

The perfect crime in this picture is described twice. First time around, the criminal (Michael Caine) confidently imagines how it will happen. A cocksure young cockney, Caine likes to picture himself as a consummate cracksman and his accomplice (Shirley MacLaine)...

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