Experience JBFC’s new fall club Adapted: Page to Screen! This Purple Noon screening and discussion at an introductory price gives ticket buyers a chance to try out the club in advance of the official start in September.
One of the great delights of Purple Noon is its ability to immerse the viewer in its picturesque on-screen world. Saturated in the bright blues of its coastal Italian setting, the film’s lush tactility almost makes you feel the ocean spray in your face, leaving us—like the film’s duplicitous, dangerous protagonist—longing for a piece of the beautiful life. Patricia Highsmith’s The Talented Mr. Ripley, on which Purple Noon is based, is an intimate look into the inner world of a psychopath that offers up pure, if wicked, fun and is at its most chilling when we find ourselves rooting for, and maybe even relating to, the insidious Tom Ripley. This pair of sinister, sun-drenched thrillers make for a perfect summer combination and a provocative kick off to Adapted: Page to Screen. – Sarah Soliman, series curator
Alain Delon was at his most impossibly beautiful when Purple Noon was released, making him an instant star. This ripe, colorful adaptation of Patricia Highsmith’s vicious novel The Talented Mr. Ripley, directed by the versatile René Clément (Forbidden Games), 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.
Presented in 35mm
JBFC Members can purchase a ticket package now for three or four Adapted screenings at a discounted price of only $15 per screening. Subject to availability, any remaining tickets to individual screenings will go on sale to JBFC Members and nonmembers in mid-August.