Hulu’s ‘The Jewel Thief’ Documents the Escapades of a Criminal Genius

Ulises Duenas

Before he hit 20, Blanchard was capable of making tens of thousands of dollars by stealing electronics and bringing them back for full cash returns. Then he moved on to robbing ATMs at banks with methods that seem ripped from movie plots. He started by disguising himself as a worker to get into a bank under construction, then left cameras and mics to keep tabs on the workers so he would know when the bank would be vulnerable.

Escapades of Infamous, International Jewel Thieves Are Exposed in ‘Smash and Grab’

William Eley

A documentary’s success should be gauged by its ability to reveal previously invisible layers within our cultures, and, most importantly, to translate regionally exotic anecdotes into a common human language.  Coincidentally, Smash and Grab: The Story of The Pink Panthers, does just this. Havana Marking, this film's director, continues beating at the iron heart of her obsession with another story about compromised codes of morality that arise from the rubble of what international relations experts refer to as "failed" states.  

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