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1,056 Ratings

Purple Noon

Plein soleil

Directed by René Clément
France, Italy, 1960
Crime, Thriller, Drama


Tom Ripley is a talented mimic, moocher, forger and all-around criminal improviser; but there’s more to Tom Ripley than even he can guess.

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Purple Noon Directed by René Clément
René Clément’s film is luscious and sinister (two words that could describe Delon), and in this adaptation of Patricia Highsmith’s The Talented Mr. Ripley, the actor is on display, in full color, in various stages of stylishness or shirtlessness.
September 12, 2018
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The gorgeous cinematography (beginning with a credit sequence in which a recognizable Rome, seen from above, appears dipped in a series of intense colors) is only one aspect of the filmic beauty. Equally important is the casting: the luscious Alain Delon as Ripley, the hunky Maurice Ronet as Greenleaf, and even the seductive Marie Laforêt as Marge—the sole female character of note, who in Highsmith’s version is merely a gourd-shaped loudmouth aspiring to be Greenleaf’s steady girlfriend.
July 27, 2016
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Aside from its tag as a thriller about a gentleman psychopath, Plein Soleil, also examines the desperate measures one might take to lift themselves from penury and live, illicitly, extremely high on the hog. It’s a character study, but also a critique of consumerism and the antisocial baggage that comes from its unalloyed indulgence. And it’s only the final clever twist that lets down the material, a handy literary conceit that’s lost in the world of movies.
August 29, 2013
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