Alain Delon vs Matt Damon – Who’s the perfect Tom Ripley?

A side-by-side analysis of Purple Noon and The Talented Mr Ripley, as adapted from Patricia Highsmith’s 1955 novel.


Leigh Singer


How do you like your murderous anti-hero: a calculating predator who calculates and manipulates those in his way; or a guilt-ridden little boy lost often seeming victim as much as perpetrator?

In the latest episode of our Remake/Remodel video essay series, Leigh Singer cross-examines René Clément’s sleek 1960 crime drama Purple Noon and Anthony Minghella’s 1999 update The Talented Mr Ripley, both adapted from Patricia Highsmith’s classic psychological thriller.

So, who’s your favourite Tom Ripley – Alain Delon or Matt Damon? Watch the full video below and share your thought with us @LWLies

Published 25 Feb 2020

Tags: Alain Delon Anthony Minghella Matt Damon Patricia Highsmith Remake Remodel

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