Purple Noon (1960)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB

Original title: Plein Soleil

France/Italy, 1960.  Robert et Raymond Hakim, Paris Film, Paritalia, Titanus.  Adaptation and dialogue by Rene Clement, , based on the novel The Talented Mr. Ripley by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by , , .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

Terrific adaptation of Patricia Highsmith’s The Talented Mr. Ripley features a scintillating performance by in the lead. Tom Ripley (Delon) is a poor American bumbling around Italy with rich playboy Philippe Greenleaf () and Philippe’s underappreciated girlfriend Marge (). Ripley has been hired by Philippe’s magnate father to bring his son home, but our dubious hero has other plans: his desire is to murder his friend and take over his privileged life. Director Rene Clement does a surprisingly effective job of turning our sympathy towards the villain in this gorgeously shot, engrossing thriller that isn’t as faithful to the novel as Anthony Minghella’s 1999 version (for instance, Ripley only wants Greenleaf’s money, not his ass) but is a worthy rival for cinematic quality.

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