Re: RARA-AVIS: Purple Noon

From: Jeff Vorzimmer (
Date: 22 Aug 2004

I think the recent Talented Mr. Ripley borrowed imagery from this film. It's interesting to note that Purple Noon was shot not long after (it was released in 1960) the book was written, so it really captures the time period. I liked Talented Mr. Ripley in that I thought the time period was well-researched, even down to the choice of music such as "Tu Vuo' Fa L'Americano," which is from a 1960 Sophia Loren movie.


> I accidentally* saw this movie via Netflix last night. I'd been meaning to
> read some Highsmith since her books were discussed here last year, and
> certainly was interesting. The bright lighting and scenic tours around
> keep it from being noir, according to definitions this non-film buff has
> been reading here, but to me the "Three Coins in the Fountain"/"Roman
> Holiday" look of the movie made the plot points more startling by
> (I wonder whether this contrast is unintentional or purposeful.) We also
> remarked on its odd gorelessness, which may or may not tie in with the
> scenery.

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