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  • Saturday, July 1

    8:15 PM (115 mins)
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Purple Noon

(Au plein soleil)

Based on The Talented Mr. Ripley by Patricia Highsmith

featuring

Alain Delon, Maurice Ronet, Marie Laforêt, Erno Crisa,

Clément’s adaptation of Patricia Highsmith’s 1955 novel is a dazzling sea-blue film noir rehearsing an energetic sort of corruption based on pure cynicism. Alain Delon’s Tom Ripley is one of two young Americans on an extended European idle. A cash offer to persuade his companion to return home kindles a fire under Tom’s lust for the other’s money and mistress; hidden talents emerge as he impersonates his (now dead) friend. As in Strangers on a Train, another film about modern anonymity, Highsmith’s sense of decadence is merely the erasure, in plain day, of any pretense to morality, or identity.

Judy Bloch
FILM DETAILS 
Screenwriter
  • René Clément
  • Paul Gégauff
Based On
  • the novel The Talented Mr. Ripley by Patricia Highsmith

Cinematographer
  • Henri Decaë
Print Info
  • Color
  • 35mm
  • 115 mins
Source
  • Janus Films