Currently reading : Smash and Grab: The Story of the Pink Panthers
In his influential work Discipline & Punish: The Birth of the Prison, Michel Foucault states that “…(crime) is one of the fine arts, because it can be the work only of exceptional natures, because it reveals the monstrousness of the strong and powerful, because villainy is yet another mode of privilege…” (69)
It is with this in mind that one can come to appreciate, if only aesthetically, the heists executed by the international diamond theft ring known as the Pink Panthers. The gang is often lauded for their highly skilled and brazen thefts, which include acts such as wearing floral T-shirts to a robbery and escaping on a high-speed boat to driving limousines through a storefront window.
Havana Marking’s newly released documentary “Smash and Grab: The Story of the Pink Panthers” examines the history of the Panthers, using interviews and surveillance footage to create what looks to be a compelling portrait of the group. “Smash and Grab” is currently making its rounds worldwide, watch out for it at a theatre near you.