Purple Noon 1960 NR

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This ripe, colorful adaptation of Patricia Highsmith's vicious novel The Talented Mr. Ripley, directed by the versatile René Clément, stars Alain Delon as Tom Ripley, a duplicitous American charmer in Rome on a mission to bring his privileged, devil-may-care acquaintance Philippe Greenleaf (Maurice Ronet) back to the United States.

Starring:
Alain Delon, Maurice Ronet
Runtime:
1 hour, 58 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Thriller, International
Director René Clément
Starring Alain Delon, Maurice Ronet
Supporting actors Marie Laforêt, Erno Crisa, Frank Latimore, Billy Kearns, Ave Ninchi, Viviane Chantel, Nerio Bernardi, Barbel Fanger, Lily Romanelli, Nicolas Petrov, Elvire Popesco, René Clément, Jacqueline Decaë, Walter Grant, Paul Muller, Romy Schneider, Nino Vingelli, Leonello Zanchi
Studio The Criterion Collection
MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Corso on September 15, 2013
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Captivating is what a young Alan Delon is in this film. By looking at his innocent face, watching his boyish mannerisms, hearing his insecurity, and feeling his jealousy, one would never guess the sinister diabolic monster that lives inside - not that his "best friend" wasn't asking for it. His remarkable ability to hide his insidiousness was lost on those around him which is what makes the film so great. There is something about a writer's ability to keep his antagonist one step ahead and the director does a superb job of it. There is only one other film we've ever seen that has the same tight quality of suspense and that is "Out of Time" with Denzel Washington. Here Delon appears to have pulled off the perfect crime until that great scene near the end. This film makes The Talented Mr. Ripley play like the grade-school, formula-written, star-studded-dud, Hollywood remake that it is. A must see for French noir and caper aficionados.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By carol irvin TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 25, 2015
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This was first written as a novel called "The Talented Mr. Ripley" by Patricia Highsmith. It was then made into this film, directed by René Clément and starring the absolutely beautiful Alain Delon as Tom Ripley. He is a charming knock out, on assignment in Rome to bring his over privileged, acquaintance Philippe Greenleaf back to his own country. Ripley is a lot more devious and treacherous than we first imagine upon meeting him, however. His plans for Greenleaf begin to resemble Highsmith's other well known novel-movie "Strangers on a Train." Delon is perfect for the role. You can't take your eyes off of him. This led to many years later the film's being remade in America as "The Talented Mr. Ripley" starring Matt Damon as Ripley. I think Damon is very talented and he does a good job but the problem is that genetics determined that he would never have the incredible beauty and sensuous charisma of Delon. One is born with this, not made. So if you only have seen the American remake, you really need to see the French original. The Europeans appreciated Highsmith way before her own countrymen, the Americans, did so it was rather fitting that the European version is so much closer to what she envisioned.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jenny Jenkins on August 25, 2013
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In this 1960 French film, Alain Delon mesmerizes as the attractive and urbanely savage Ripley who Matt Damon embodied so perfectly in the American film three decades or so later. Watching both films close together is fascinating: directorial, acting and casting choices make sense in both but bring interesting shifts in perspective. If you miss Jude Law when he is off-screen in "The Talented Mr. Ripley" (no knock on Matt Damon who chooses to play Ripley as a nebbishy wannabe), you won't feel that same sensation here. Alain Delon is riveting.

If you've never seen Alain Delon on screen before, you will be thunderstruck by the power of his beauty and the intensities that lie beneath that gorgeous surface.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By William R Niedzwiecki on January 26, 2015
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Quite a disappointment, as I saw some reviews saying that this was a better adaptation of the story than The Talented Mr. Ripley. The characters are shallow, some of the acting is just terrible, and for very many reasons that should have been obvious to the people who made the film the idea that the characters are American is just not believable (beyond the fact that they are not speaking English, of course).
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Peter A. Haan on August 31, 2013
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Much deeper and penetrating thriller than "The Talented Mr Ripley" put together so many years later. Delon is remarkably compelling, so much so he dwarfs the silly rich folks surrounding him and ends up being essentially a symbol of rebellion rather than outright murderousness. It is a Have-nots versus the Haves in a most alluring manner. The ending is different than the later movie most of us have seen. Gorgeous and worrisome.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sam on March 23, 2015
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Huge Talented Mr. Ripley fan... Own all of the movies and the book. This was quite interesting-- I was not expecting the heavy spoken Italian. Beautiful on scene filming and gorgeous models. Plot is not as great as the Matt Damon version however.
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Alain Delon was outstanding as the talented Tom Ripley. His strikingly good looks and great acting made this movie his big stepping stone to becoming a major international movie star that he later became. Maurice Ronet and Marie Laforet were also excellent. I also really liked the performance of the chief Italian police inspector. Pretty scenes of Italy were also a nice attraction. This movie gets 5 stars from me!
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For its time, this was an interesting movie. The newer version, " Talented Mr Ripley" brings this up to date in a beautiful production by the late and extremely talented Anthony Minghella. Here you see the young Alaine Delon in his glorious days.
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