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Plein Soleil

Purple Noon
  • 1960
  • France/Italy
  • 118 min
  • PG
  • Directed by: René Clément
  • Cast: Alain Delon, Maurice Ronet, Marie Laforêt
  • Language: French
  • UK release: 30 August 2013

Tom Ripley (Delon) is hired to bring rich friend Philippe Greenleaf (Ronet) home from an extended vacation in Italy, but instead hatches a plan to murder Greenleaf and take his identity. Delon's impossibly good looks and ice-cold performance made him a star, and despite a tacked-on ending, it's a masterpiece.

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Plein Soleil

16 Aug 20135 stars

Career defining masterpiece from the French Hitchcock René Clément

Patricia Highsmith was spot in when she remarked René Clément’s 1960 adaptation of her novel The Talented Mr Ripley was, ‘very beautiful to the eye and interesting for the intellect’. Filmed on location in Rome, Naples and islands off the Italian…

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