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The Talented Mr. Ripley


talentedmrripleyHere’s director Anthony Minghella’s sophisticated, good-looking remake of the less complex but equally gorgeous classic Purple Noon (1960), featuring a fine performance by Matt Damon as Tom Ripley, the psychopath who makes friends with a wealthy young man (Jude Law) in Italy, then kills him and absorbs his identity. The homosexual subtext is well handled, and so is the game between these people. The Italian locations are attractive, Law worth a look in his breakthrough as the fun-loving Dickie, and Philip Seymour Hoffman excellent as his arrogant friend. It’s a long movie, but frequently engrossing right through the disturbing ending.

1999-U.S. 139 min. Color.¬†Produced by¬†William Horberg, Tom Sternberg.¬†Written and directed by¬†Anthony Minghella.¬†Novel:¬†Patricia Highsmith.¬†Cinematography:¬†John Seale.¬†Music:¬†Gabriel Yared.¬†Cast:¬†Matt Damon (Tom Ripley), Gwyneth Paltrow (Marge Sherwood), Jude Law (Richard ‚ÄĚDickie‚ÄĚ Greenleaf), Cate Blanchett, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Jack Davenport… Philip Baker Hall.

Trivia: Tom Cruise was allegedly considered for the part of Tom Ripley. The character next appeared in Ripley’s Game (2003).

BAFTA: Best Supporting Actor (Law).

Last word:¬†“I think what’s at the heart of it is both its quality and its problem: which is that it’s a very disconcerting movie. If the film did its job, the experience of being at the end of this movie is not a pleasurable one ‚Äď unless like me you think there is a role for tragedy in fiction, and a role for the provocative. I think it identifies a fear that is more urgent now than it was 50 years ago when the book was written, which is the degree to which we are hostage to messages of inadequacy, the degree to which we are told that who we are and what we are is essentially unworthy, and that what we should do is aspire to be an other. This whole issue of buying identity is what the advertising industry has identified as a way of speaking to the public, by isolating their fears; are you worried about the way you look? Well, we can help you. Are you worried about your partners, your life, your couch, your car, your furniture‚Ķ.we can help you if you buy into our dream. And Ripley is the buying into the American dream.” (Minghella, Urban Cinefile)

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