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The fact that "Purple Noon" plays well after forty years is a testament to Clément's clean, objective direction and his faithful adherence to the Hitchcock formula. Pretty poor boy goes after everything pretty rich boy has, including his yacht and his girl friend in this tightly focused thriller. We see once again--cf., Polanski's Knife in the Water (1962) and the early Nicole Kidman vehicle Dead Calm (1989)--that some very bad things can happen when you get two men and one woman on a yacht in the middle of a whole lot of water. Note too the Mediterranean rock island atmosphere reminiscent of Antonioni's L'Avventura (1960). It will probably get me into trouble with Italian film aficionados to add that it's a little surprising that both films are from the same year, inasmuch as Plein Soleil is still a treat to watch, while L'Avventura seems terribly dated. Perhaps the beautiful use of color and the charming locales and interiors so well done by Clément make the difference.
Delon is a particularly "pretty" and uncomplicated Tom Ripley, while Ronet is a somewhat nasty and macho Philippe ("Dickie" in the novel) Greenleaf, and Laforêt is a very sensual and sexy Marge. All do a good job and are well directed by Clément whose attention to detail in all aspects of the production is admirable.Read more ›
My friends and family were disappointed in the American Ripley film version and I really wanted them to see this, the original film. However, I was not willing to translate every single line from French into English (irritating for all involved... defeats the purpose...) and I could not find a copy of the movie with subtitles.
Then I found that Plein Soleil existed under the title "Purple Noon" in English and was overjoyed. As the other reviewers have already noted, the cinematography is superb, and, Alain Delon, pretty boy or not, is sublime. (And I was not a fan of his- quite the contrary- before seeing this film). The twist and sense of poetic justice at the end was far more gratifying than the Talented Mr. Ripley.
To me this is a PERFECT MOVIE. Just to give you a sense of my taste, other "perfect films" in my book are "Cyrano de Bergerac" (version with Gerard Depardieu), "Goodfellas", and "Rocco et I suoi fratelli" (Viscomti- an Italian drama also starring a young Alain Delon).
Call it Plein Soleil or Purple Noon- what you get is style, suspense, finesse, and French class.
An American formerly in Paris
Delon, looking as languidly sleek and dangerous as a panther at rest, portrays an amoral young man who knocks off a playboy pal (Maurice Ronet) and then coolly takes possession of the dead man's name, bank account and, eventually, fiancée (Marie Laforêt). As directed by René Clément (Forbidden Games), it's all très smart, sexy and suspenseful, and Delon, well, let's just say he is one mighty cute croissant.
Yes, The Talented Mr. Ripley as it should be.
I saw Purple Noon before Minghella's 1999 fiasco. I am the only one in my circle of friends who didn't like "The Talendted Mr. Ripley." Sorry Matt Damon, but you should've phoned Delon for some acting tips.
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One of my favorite Alain Delon movies. I was so happy to find it on DVD.Published 19 days ago by Amazon Customer
This film is so beautifully shot (and lovingly restored) I count it as one of my favorites. Talented Mr Ripley holds nothing to this.Published 3 months ago by Chris
This Rene Clement thriller from 1960 is far, far superior to the bloated version 4 decades later x Minghella. Read morePublished 5 months ago by James R. Anderson
Superb is the one word that can describe Alain Delon's performance in Purple Noon, an adaptation of the book The Talented Mr. Ripley. Read morePublished 5 months ago by B. Adducchio
This is the original The Talented Mr. Ripley. I love this movie-much better than the remake with Matt Damon and Gwennie. Read morePublished 9 months ago by cybercyl
While I had been referred to this film by a friend, the New York designer, Miles Redd, I was somewhat surprised to find that the film was not as good as the re-make with Jude Law... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Jack D. Farris
Delon never so beautiful ...or frightening . But so is the dolce vita depths he aspired to .Published 10 months ago by Ralph H Thompson
The film itself is great - it's quickly rising to my list of all-time favorites, and with young Alain Delon in the lead, it's no surprise! Read morePublished 12 months ago by Furbo
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