Plein Soleil

PLEIN SOLEIL (aka PURPLE NOON) (15)
D: René Clement
Paris/Panitalia/Titanus (Robert Hakim & Raymond Hakim)
France/Italy 1960
115 mins

Thriller

W: René Clement & Paul Gégauff [based on the novel "The Talented Mr. Ripley" by Patricia Highsmith]
DP: Henri Decae
Ed: Françoise Javet
Mus: Nino Rota

Alain Delon (Tom Ripley), Marie Laforêt (Marge Duval), Maurice Ronet (Philippe Greanleaf), Elvire Popesco (Madame Popova), Erno Crisa (Insp. Riccordi), Frank Latimore (O'Brien), Bill Kearns (Freddy Miles)

The first adaptation of Patricia Highsmith's novel The Talented Mr. Ripley omits the majority of the story, focusing mainly on the first half of the book where a mysterious stranger pretends to be the friend of a aristocrat, so he can imitate his characteristics and traits before committing his murder.
Atmospherically directed and well acted, though a much better version of the book was directed by Anthony Minghella in 1999 (see The Talented Mr. Ripley).
6/10

Plein Soleil
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