René Clément’s (Forbidden Games, Gervaise) 1960’s stylish thriller Plein Soleil is adapted from Patricia Highsmith’s novel The Talented Mr. Ripley.
Alain Delon (Le Cercle Rouge, Le Samouraï) in his star-making role, plays Tom Ripley, an American who travels to Europe on an all expenses-paid mission to convince his friend, the charismatic playboy Philippe Greenleaf (Maurice Ronet – Le Feu Follet), to travel to San Francisco at the request of the wealthy Greenleaf family. Initially, the pair enjoy the good life in Italy, often to the anger and dismay of Philippe’s much put-upon fiancée Marge (Marie Laforêt). However, as Tom’s funds begin to run dry, it becomes more and more apparent that Philippe has no intention of returning to the U.S., forcing Tom to consider more calculated means of maintaining his extravagant lifestyle.
• René Clément: at the heart of the New Wave – a documentary by Dominique Maillet
• Interview with Alain Delon
• The restoration of Plein Soleil