PLEIN SOLEIL (PURPLE NOON) [1960]

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Christopher

I was expecting this movie to be long, slow and extremely boring. That was not at all the case. I had never really known the story of Tom Ripley and I was very pleased with how insane it is. For some reason I thought there was magic involved? Not quite sure why I thought that.

This film is pretty intense, I’m sure the character relationships would make a bit more sense if I read the book but it kind of added to the creepiness of Tom Ripley. I know this movie had a different ending than the book and the Matt Damon movie which is kind of disappointing. I think this movie is good but it definitely wasn’t great. I’ll have to see what I think of it after we watch The Talented Mr. Ripley.

Elizabeth (spoilers!)

I always wanted to see Purple Noon because A.) I went through a slightly odd obsession with both the book and 1999 film version of The Talented Mr. Ripley in 5th grade and B.) ALAIN DELON. It was definitely interesting to finally watch it.

The biggest, most obvious difference between Purple Noon and the book would be the ending. I was disappointed that Purple Noon‘s Tom Ripley (Alain Delon) got caught at the very end of the movie, because Tom Ripley doesn’t ever come as close to getting caught in the book. It just would have been a lot cooler and creepier, I think, if Purple Noon ended about five minutes earlier than it did, with Tom Ripley quietly gloating to himself.

But what really surprised be was Alain Delon as Tom Ripley. This whole time I thought Alain Delon played Dickie Greenleaf (here called Philippe), because Greenleaf is supposed to be a handsome playboy. It never occurred to me that he would play Tom Ripley, a character who’s supposed to be unsure of himself and weird. But despite Alain Delon looking more like Greenleaf than Ripley, he really was excellent in the role. He might be good looking, but he can be scary.

Purple Noon is definitely worth seeing, whether you’re familiar with the source material or not. If nothing else, you get to look at Alain Delon for 2 hours.

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2 thoughts on “PLEIN SOLEIL (PURPLE NOON) [1960]

  1. Thanks for posting. I’ve seen The Talented Mr Ripley but I hadn’t heard of Purple Noon. Unfortunately the only version on LoveFilm is Blu-ray which I can’t watch, so I’ll have to keep an eye out for it elsewhere 🙂

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