Purple Noon

(Au plein soleil)

Based on The Talented Mr. Ripley by Patricia Highsmith


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
  • René Clément
  • Paul Gégauff
Based On
  • the novel The Talented Mr. Ripley by Patricia Highsmith

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