Thursday, November 24, 2016

Purple Noon (1960)

French title: Plein soleil
dir. René Clément

This is the first film adaptation of Patricia Highsmith's novel The Talented Mr. Ripley, also filmed under its original title by Anthony Minghella in 1999. Unlike his successor, Clément didn't feel compelled to showcase Rome's usual tourist attractions. The exceptions are the Pantheon and the barely recognizable Piazza del Popolo. Many thanks to Lois for sharing her beautiful pictures with me.

Philippe Greenleaf (Maurice Ronet) and Tom Ripley (Alain Delon) at a street cafe – Via Vittorio Veneto 118, Rome, Italy. This location actually matches the related episode in Highsmith’s novel. Later in the scene, Tom returns to the café with a book on Fra Angelico.

Philippe buys a cane from a blind man – Church of Santa Maria in Montesanto, Piazza del Popolo, Rome, Italy.

Philippe crosses the street pretending to be blind – Church of Santa Maria dei Miracoli, Via del Corso, Rome, Italy.

Tom moves into a small hotel after Philippe’s murder – Via Campo Carleo 24, Rome, Italy.

Tom going out – Piazza del Grillo, Rome, Italy.

Tom crossing the Piazza della Rotonda with the Pantheon in the background, Rome, Italy. The piazza appeared more spectacularly in Peter Greenaway's The Belly of an Architect.

Tom goes into a Kodak shop – Piazza della Rotonda 66, Rome, Italy.

Tom buys more things necessary for his transformation into Philippe – Via di Santa Caterina da Siena 43, Rome, Italy.

The pharmacy – Via di Piè di Marmo 38, Rome, Italy.

Tom moves into a posh hotel – Westin Excelsior, Via Vittorio Veneto 125, Rome, Italy.

Tom rents an apartment – Via Savoia 90, Rome, Italy. It’s in the vicinity of the Porta Pinciana and Villa Borghese as in the novel.

Tom parks his car across the street – Via Savoia 51, Rome, Italy.

Tom flees his apartment as the police closes in on him – Via Civitavecchia 3, Rome, Italy.

Tom hails a cab – Via Civitavecchia 3, Rome, Italy.

Tom goes to the American Express office – Stazione Termini, Piazza dei Cinquecento, Rome, Italy.

Tom leaving the police station – Largo del Pallaro at Via di Grotta Pinta, Rome, Italy.

See also...


Le Samourai

The Talented Mr. Ripley

Friday, November 18, 2016

The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999)

dir. Anthony Minghella

This only covers the New York, Rome and Venice filming locations. It was also shot in Naples, Ischia, Anzio, and Palermo. Many thanks to Lois for sharing her beautiful Rome pictures with me.

Tom Ripley (Matt Damon) meets Mr. Greenleaf (James Rebhorn) at a cocktail party – 225 Central Park West, New York, New York.

The theater where Tom works – Lyceum Theater, 149 W 45th Street, New York, New York. The Lyceum is the oldest surviving Broadway venue (along with the New Amsterdam Theatre), and one of the few theaters in New York City operating under its original name. It was granted landmark status in 1974.

Tom's apartment – Franklin Place, New York, New York.

On a jaunt to Rome, Tom and Dickie Greenleaf (Jude Law) meet Freddie Miles (Philip Seymour Hoffman) – Piazza Navona 80-84, Rome, Italy. Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi (Fountain of the Four Rivers), created in 1651 by Gian Lorenzo Bernini for Pope Innocent X, serves as the backdrop for Freddie's dramatic appearance.

Abandoned by Dickie and Freddie, Tom goes sightseeing in Rome – Scala dell'Arce Capitolina, Campidoglio, Rome, Italy.

Tom looking at the Colossus of ConstantinePalazzo dei Conservatori, Piazza del Campidoglio, Rome, Italy. It also appeared in Peter Greenaway's The Belly of an Architect.

Tom surveying the ruins of the ForumCampidoglio, Rome, Italy.

Tom returns to Rome after Dickie's murder and moves into a hotel – St. Regis Grand Hotel, Via Vittorio Emanuele Orlando 3, Rome, Italy.

Meredith (Cate Blanchett) spots Tom through a shopping window – Via dei Condotti 1, Rome, Italy. It’s a Dior boutique now.

Tom and Meredith walking on the Piazza Navona past the Church of Nostra Signora del Sacro Cuore and then Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi (Fountain of the Four Rivers).

Tom and Meredith going down the Scalinata di Trinità dei Monti, better known as the Spanish Steps. The steps are located between the Piazza di Spagna and Piazza Trinità dei Monti in Rome. The church of the Santissima Trinità dei Monti stands grandly at the top. The Spanish Steps is probably the most popular filming location in Rome, featured in Roman Holiday, Three Coins in the Fountain, The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone, The Girl Who Knew Too Much, To Rome with Love, and The Man from U.N.C.L.E.

The American Express office – Piazza di Spagna 28, Rome, Italy. It was a false front put up for the filming.

Tom and Meredith crossing the Ponte Sant'Angelo, Rome, Italy.

Tom surveying the café where he had set up a date with both Meredith and Marge – Scalinata di Trinità dei Monti looking down at the Piazza di Spagna and Fontana della Barcaccia, Rome, Italy.

Marge (Gwyneth Paltrow) and Peter (Jack Davenport) walking towards the café – Via dei Condotti at Piazza di Spagna, Rome, Italy.

The Café Dinelli site – Piazza di Spagna 78, Rome, Italy. The Missoni boutique was set dressed for the filming.

Tom going down the steps after making sure that Meredith has left – Scalinata di Trinità dei Monti, Rome, Italy.

Tom's apartment where he murders Freddie – Piazza Mattei 10, Rome, Italy.

Tom putting Freddie's body in the car – Piazza Mattei, Rome, Italy. Fontana delle Tartarughe (Turtle Fountain) is in the foreground. This is also where Milly (Alessandra Mastronardi) ponders her predicament in Woody Allen’s To Rome with Love.

Tom dumps Freddie's body – Parco degli Acquedotti, Rome, Italy.

Tom falls from the motorbike after seeing Dickie's apparition – Vicolo delle Grotte, Rome, Italy.

Tom decides not to take Marge to his apartment after seeing it surrounded by the police – Piazza Lovatelli, Rome, Italy.

Marge walking towards Tom’s apartment – Via Funari at Piazza Lovatelli, Rome, Italy. The Church of Santa Caterina dei Funari is seen in the background.

Tom sees Peter on the embankment – Riva degli Schiavoni near the Palazzo Ducale, Venice, Italy.

Tom and Peter walking past Saint Mark's Basilica, Piazza San Marco, Venice, Italy.

Marge arrives in Venice – Santa Lucia Railway Station, Cannaregio, Venice, Italy.

Tom meeting with Mr. Greenleaf and Marge – Caffè Florian, Piazza San Marco 57, Venice, Italy.

Mr. Greenleaf's hotel – Westin Europa & Regina, San Marco 2159, Venice, Italy.

Mr. Greenleaf is leaving – Grand Canal with the Church of Santa Maria della Salute in the background, Venice, Italy.

See also...


Purple Noon

Le Samourai