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Purple Noon

René Clément

 
Purple Noon (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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  • France
  • 1960
  • 117 minutes
  • Color
  • 1.66:1
  • French
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  • Spine #637

Alain Delon was at his most impossibly beautiful when Purple Noon was released and made him an instant star. This ripe, colorful adaptation of Patricia Highsmith’s vicious novel The Talented Mr. Ripley, directed by the versatile René Clément, stars Delon as Tom Ripley, a duplicitous American charmer in Rome on a mission to bring his privileged, devil-may-care acquaintance Philippe Greenleaf (Maurice Ronet) back to the United States. What initially seems a carefree tale of friendship soon morphs into a thrilling saga of seduction, identity theft, and murder. Featuring gorgeous location photography of coastal Italy, Purple Noon is crafted with a light touch that allows it to be at once suspenseful and erotic, and it gave Delon the role of a lifetime.

Cast

Tom RipleyAlain Delon
MargeMarie Laforêt
Philippe GreenleafMaurice Ronet
Inspector RiccordiErno Crisa
O’BrienFrank Latimore
Freddy MilesBill Kearns
GiannaAve Ninchi
Belgian touristViviane Chantel
Travel agentNerio Bernardi
Mr. GreenleafBarbel Fanger
WaitressLilly Romanelli
BorisNicolas Petrov
Madame PopovaElvire Popesco
Freddy’s companionRomy Schneider

Credits

DirectorRené Clément
ProducersRobert Hakim and Raymond Hakim
Based on the book The Talented Mr. Ripley byPatricia Highsmith
Written byRené Clément and Paul Gégauff
MusicNino Rota
Director of photographyHenri Decaë
EditorFrançoise Javet
ChoreographerJean Guélis

Disc Features

  • New digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
  • New interview with René Clément scholar and author Denitza Bantcheva
  • Archival interviews with actor Alain Delon and novelist Patricia Highsmith, on whose book The Talented Mr. Ripley the film is based
  • Original English-language trailer
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring a new essay by film critic Geoffrey O’Brien and excerpts from a 1981 interview with Clément

    New cover by Michael Boland

Film Essays

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Purple Noon: In Broad Sunlight

By Geoffrey O'Brien December 05, 2012

In René Clément’s sparkling but menacing anti-noir, the Mediterranean setting is as seductive as Alain Delon’s baby blues. Read more »

Features

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Dark Passages: The Beautiful Crimes of Henri Decaë

By Imogen Sara Smith October 03, 2017

In her latest column, critic Imogen Sara Smith explains how cinematographer Henri Decaë brought a risk-taking spirit and seductive allure to some of the most iconic French crime films. Read more »


Photo Galleries

XOXO

February 14, 2014


Photo Galleries

Happy Birthday, Handsome

November 08, 2013


Photo Galleries

Ready for His Close-up

December 07, 2012


Interviews

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“The Kind of Film You Make Passionately”: René Clément on Purple Noon

December 05, 2012

The following is excerpted from an interview that originally appeared in the February 1, 1981, issue of L’avant-scène: Cinéma. It was conducted by Olivier Eyquem and Jean-Claude Missiaen. Eyquem . . . Read more »


Film Essays

Purple_noon_essay_feature_thumbnail

Purple Noon: In Broad Sunlight

By Geoffrey O'Brien December 05, 2012

In René Clément’s sparkling but menacing anti-noir, the Mediterranean setting is as seductive as Alain Delon’s baby blues. Read more »

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