It’s a Gem

By Jo Phillips

Our theme for December is shimmer, it has to be, doesn’t it. It is after all the season of all things shinny and sparkling to celebrate the special holiday season. So what could be better than to explore the world of precious stones? Well, we never do things quite as straightforwardly as others, so here instead we give you a bit of a playlist of films all that star in some way or other a precious stone or two. These films perfectly fit. so enjoy It’s a Gem .

Lets start with a little bit of humour, The Pink Panther (1963)

The first film of the beloved very British comic series, dashing English diamond thief Sir Charles Lytton plans to steal a diamond, known as the “Pink Panther.” However he is not the only one planning a daring heist. His nephew George also aims to make off with the gem, and to frame Charles for the crime. Blundering French police inspector Jacques Clouseau intercedes, played with perfetc comic timing by the brilliant Peter Sellers. An absolute classic that can never tired from watching.

From there on to another movie famous for jewllerey robbery. To Catch a Thief (1955)

Infamous cat burglar John Robie has long since retired to the French Riviera. Yet a new spate of robberies occurs committed imitating his style, the finger points to him so he must clear his name. Armed with a list of people who own the most expensive jewels currently in the area, John begins following the first owner, young Francie, and sparkes of romance appear. Yet when her jewels are stolen, Francie suspects John, destroying their tentative romance. John goes on, of course, to catch the thief and clear his own name. A Hitchcock classic if ever there was one, Cary Grant pulls the whole film together with his utter suave performance.

Moving up to present day (well sort of) last years big Netflix cult film Uncut Gems (2019)

A likely lad, motor-mouthed, New York jeweller addicted to gambling and high stakes always on the lookout for the next big score makes a series of high-stakes bets that could lead to the windfall of a lifetime. Nothing of course goes well and the pain piles on top of more pain in this gripping stunningly crafted film. See Adam Sandler, as you have never seen him before.

Keeping things straight next up is the important subject covered in Blood Diamond (2006)

The cornerstone of this film highlighted the civil war that raged through 1990s Sierra Leone. A white South African smuggler a black Mende fisherman and a syndicate of businessmen join in a common quest to recover a rare priceless diamond that has the power to transform their lives.

Let’s finish on a smoozy Hollywood classic caper. Romancing the Stone (1984)

Kathleen Turner plays a romantic-adventure writer who seemed to have never lived a word of what she write. She gets hurled into a real-life adventure in the Colombian jungle in order to save her sister, who will be killed if a treasure map is not delivered to her captors. Helped out along the way by a brash mercenary, and together they search for the priceless gem located on the map. As camp as 80’d movies got.