“Purple Noon” Review ✦✦✦✦✧

7 December, 2016

Year of Release: 1960
Director: René Clément
Screenwriters: René Clément, Paul Gégauff
Director of Photography: Henri Decaë
Cast: Alain Delon, Maurice Ronet

Synopsis: The story of a sociopathic yet skilled con-man with selfish intentions who decides to murder a rich acquaintance in a bid to steal his identity and take on his playboy lifestyle.

Purple Noon Review:

Set in a sumptuous, sun-bleached Italy, “Purple Noon” is a gorgeous piece of cinema and arguably the finest Ripliad adaptation ever captured on film. Although the movie is an undoubtedly simple and intellectually undemanding character study, it celebrates the effeminate charm of the strikingly handsome Alain Delon, who plays Tom Ripley in such an understated manner that he becomes a strikingly enigmatic figure of deception and materialism.

Ripley is tanned, lean, and composed, beginning as an amateur con artist and slowly learning the tricks of the trade while he tiptoes around potential problems and figures out a way to construct his new image. It’s here that René Clément questions the elements that go into creating a person or a character. Is it their clothes? Their profession? Their signature? Ripley tries everything and the dangerous game he plays leads him into some very tricky situations.

Each and every frame in “Purple Noon” looks like it has been meticulously carved out from a block of clay and the scenes are caked in glorious colour and topped off with an exotic score from Nina Rota. The filming style is such that even melodrama melts into the scenery as Delon’s natural magnetism radiates under the sunlight in an observant and emotionally detached manner.


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Purple Noon