Tuesday, October 13, 2015

The Life And Crimes Of Doris Payne

The life of the notorious jewel thief is examined in this documentary. A compelling look at a brilliant female criminal whose mentality of 'I'm not giving it back', which she does not equate with stealing, gives her the persona of 'The Trickster', or someone who is breaking societal rules. Through sleight of hand and distraction, she has stolen expensive jewels around the world, and created for herself a very long rap sheet. In a trial versus Macy's, she vehemently denies involvement in a jewel heist in spite of incriminating video footage. Elegant, charming, funny, charismatic, and utterly convincing, if at least to herself, she smiles mischievously in the face of a long jail sentence. Having escaped prison once, she seems unimpressed by the threat. In the Monte Carlo Cartier Heist during the 1960s, she boldly claimed she was Otto Preminger's wife, walked out of prison, and was forced to go on the lam. The Life And Crimes Of Doris Payne is a fascinating look at a calculating, remorseless, and unforgettable career criminal.

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