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Superbly adapted from the acclaimed novel by Patricia Highsmith (also the basis of the acclaimed French version, Purple Noon), The Talented Mr Ripley is writer-director Anthony Minghella's impressive follow-up to his Oscar-winning triumph The English Patient. Recreating late-1950s Italy in exacting detail, the film captures the sensuousness of la dolce vita while developing the fracturing of Ripley's mind as his crimes grow increasingly desperate. And where Hitchcock was necessarily discreet with the homosexual subtext of Highsmith's Strangers on a Train, Minghella brings it out of the closet, increasing the dramatic tension and complexity of Ripley's psychological breakdown. Phillip Seymour Hoffman and Cate Blanchett are excellent in pivotal supporting roles, and the film's final image is utterly effective: Ripley's talents have gone too far, and this study of class distinction, obsession and deadly desire reaches a disturbing yet richly appropriate conclusion. --Jeff Shannon, Amazon.com --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Must be good, we lent it out and cannot manage to get it returned.Published 13 days ago by Shelley Thorpe
Brought this for school. It arrived on time and does what it needed toPublished 15 days ago by Rebecca Stein
Arrived on time and as described, as always with direct from Amazon! Philip Seymore Hoffman! I haven't seen anything he isn't Brilliant in! Read morePublished 3 months ago by mips
One of my favourite films of all time. Second hand copies are fantastic value now too!Published 3 months ago by Andrew J. Bell