Purple Noon is a beauty to the eye, and Alain Delon is exceptional. I love the way Tom Ripley vacillates between identities, and the flâneur scene of Tom walking through the market and staring at all of the dead fish was very symbolic. Easily a classic when you consider Henri Decae was behind the camera and Nino Rota produced the score.
Cinematography by Henri Decaë. "Desire list": Alain Delon, another "most beautiful animal in the world", in a movie where the relationship between the magnificent colors that the film found in natural areas - sea and sky, deep blue - are coincident with the ones the film found in his face, in his eyes, Mediterranean splendor .
Alain Delon's Ripley is the sauve, charming type of sociopath, sort of Hannibal Lecter and Patrick Bateman minus the deeply morbid interest and cartoonish theatrics. He fits, but only serves as the start of a cinematic exploration for Hopper and Damon's Ripleys who, in my opinion, dug much more interesting chasms out of that rift people put between human and inhuman.