Monday, January 19, 2015

Before Matt Damon was The Talented Mr. Ripley, there was Alain Delon


Sparked by the news that there's another Patricia Highsmith book-to-movie in the works, a remake of Strangers on a Train, I decided to watch The Talented Mr. Ripley again. That's when I discovered that long before Matt Damon was the talented Tom Ripley in 1999, Alain Delon played Tom Ripley in the first adaptation of Highsmith's novel, the sexy French thriller Plein Soleil in 1960. It was Delon's breakout role, the part that made the impossibly gorgeous Frenchman a star. Plein Soleil (Full Sun or Blazing Sun) was released with English subtitles as Purple Noon. 

I decided to watch both films back to back; a delicious treat! Rather than talk about how the two versions differ — which they do in ways both small and large — may I just say Vive la Différence! and suggest you watch René Clément's Plein Soleil/Purple Noon for yourself. It's available on Amazon, GooglePlay and HuluPlus. Be warned: you may never look at The Talented Mr. Ripley starring Damon, the sexy and charismatic Jude Law, Gwyneth Paltrow and Philip Seymour Hoffman in quite the same way again. Matt Damon will always be magnifique but Alain Delon is, how do you say? — Ooh la la!  I've got both trailers below.















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8 comments:

  1. Sim, So delicious. You find the best film trailers. Thanks for sharing and for playing along. Here’s my Dreaming of France meme

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    1. I LOVE finding stuff for your Dreaming of France meme; So glad I found this particular one!

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  2. Oh Sim I am so excited about this! I can't wait to see it !! What a great find! Thanks so much!!!

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    1. I was thrilled to find it too! Let me know what you think of it; it's very different but absolutely absorbing.

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  3. Oh la la. what else is there to say.

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  4. How great to watch them back to back. I enjoyed the trailers. I think I've only seen the Matt Damon version once, and quite some time ago. Both look fabulous.

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    1. I'd only seen the Matt Damon version and only once as well. I'm so glad I discovered Delon's take on the character. They are both fabulous but the two play their desires quite differently. Really fascinating to see the two different approaches. The American version which begins with Tom back in San Francisco, sets up his character's motivation much more while the French version begins once Tom is in Italy with Greenleaf. But then the American version is quite a bit more obvious and heavy-handed in comparison to the more nuanced, French version. On the other hand Jude Law was flat out gorgeous and so loaded with charisma, almost as sexy as Delon. I'd watch both again. And again:)

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