Purple Noon

Purple Noon

Directed by René Clément • 1960 • France, Italy

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.

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Purple Noon
  • Purple Noon

    Directed by René Clément • 1960 • France, Italy

    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, sta...

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  • Denitza Bantcheva on PURPLE NOON

    This interview with film historian and author Denitza Bantcheva was conducted at the Chez Justine Café in Paris in August 2012.

  • “Cinépanorama”: Alain Delon, 1962

    This interview with actor Alain Delon, conducted and directed by François Chalais, first aired on the French television program “Cinépanorama” on November 24, 1962. Delon discusses working with director René Clément, with whom he would make four films: PURPLE NOON (1960), THE JOY OF LIVING (1961)...

  • “Variances”: Patricia Highsmith, 1971

    This interview with PURPLE NOON writer Patricia Highsmith, conducted by Agnès Thierre and Pierre Lambert and directed by Lambert, first aired on the French television program “Variances” on August 3, 1971.