delonAlain Delon stars as the amoral charmer Tom Ripley in Rene Clement’s adaptation of Patricia Highmith’s The Talented Mr. Riley, which has been  restored by Studiocanal in association with the Cinematheque Francaise and the support of the Franco-American Cultural Fund.

Ripley has also been portrayed by Dennis Hopper, Matt Damon and John Malkovich in subsequent Highsmith adaptations, but for many Delon is the perfect screen embodiment of the physically beautiful, complex psychopath. This was the role that made the 24 year old Delon a star.

Plein Soleil opens in select UK cinemas next Friday (30th August), an excellent opportunity to see the film in all its sun dappled glory.

Check out the UK trailer for a taste of the beautiful restoration, and watch for our review of the Blu-ray closer to its 16th September release.

 

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I've worked in entertainment product development and sales & marketing in the U.S., UK and my native Canada for over 20 years, and have been a part of many changes during that time (I've overseen home entertainment releases on VHS, LaserDisc, DVD and Blu-ray). I've also written and commentated about film and music for many outlets over the years. The first film I saw in the cinema was Mary Poppins, some time in the mid-60s: I was hooked. My love of the moving image remains as strong as ever.