Ciné-Club: Plein Soleil ("Purple Noon")

Ciné-Club: Plein Soleil ("Purple Noon")

Sunday, January 10 at 1:00 p.m.
Free admission - Donations encouraged
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Aren't handsome people just a little bit uncanny? Isn't there something sinister that lurks beneath the veneer of charm? This week, we'll be turning our focus to one of the most famous sharply-dressed sociopaths in film as we take a look at:

Plein Soleil ("Purple Noon", 1960) 

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Tom Ripley is a swell guy. He dresses well, is dashingly handsome, and indulges his friend Philippe Greenleaf in carousing about Italy, where Ripley has been sent by Philippe's father to bring the errant man-child back to the states. Tagging along with Philippe and his girlfriend Marge, Ripley seems to be the perfect third wheel. But there are cracks in the façade. A burgeoning jealousy. A crime committed in secret. Anger, resentment, and violence bottled up beneath a seductively clean visage. What lies behind that handsome mask known to others as Tom Ripley? What will he do when pushed around one time too many? 

Based on Patricia Highsmith's classic supsense story The Talented Mr. Ripley, René Clément's Plein Soleil is a lush, slow-burning crime thriller starring Alain Delon as Highsmith's icy, eponymous sociopath, a role that would grant Delon legendary status in world cinema for his suave mix of charisma of menace. Clément's film would much later be remade in America with Matt Damon and Jude Law ("The Talented Mr. Ripley" 1999), but the French original really cannot be missed. Let's talk about it!