"Purple Noon" by René Clément

 02 June
 Academy Cinemas
 44 Lorne Street - 1010 - Auckland - New Zealand
 Auckland Film Society
Auckland Film Society proudly presents a film by René Clément “This iconic French thriller, which was remade by the late Anthony Minghella as The Talented Mr Ripley (1999), is a portrayal of a murderer who is at once alluring and terrifying. Much of Ripley’s anti-hero mystique is tied up with his ambiguous sexuality, expressed in the film not only through his bronzed torso but also through the use of fashion and adornment. His polished look of Gucci loafers, white jeans and suede shirts brings to the screen a breeze of wealthy and easy living, but also comes to represent his perverse criminality. Director Clément cast Alain Delon in the lead role, implicitly aware that the actor’s own association with the criminal underworld would aid his notoriety and international stardom.” —Fashion in Film Festival “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.” —The Criterion Collection See http://nzfilmsociety.org.nz/ for more about the film, plus information on the rest of our 2015 season — and read about the advantages of membership, such as generous discounts at boutique cinemas around Auckland and at major festivals and other events. Purple Noon dir. René Clément France · 1959 115 mins · HD (1.66:1) In French with English subtitles PG (low-level violence)

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