PURPLE NOON
PLEIN SOLEIL
1960, Janus Films, 117 min, France/Italy, Dir: René Clément

Alain Delon was at his most impossibly beautiful when PURPLE NOON made him an instant star. He plays Tom Ripley, a duplicitous American charmer in Rome on a mission to bring his privileged, devil-may-care acquaintance Philippe Greenleaf (Maurice Ronet) back to the United States. What initially seems a carefree tale of friendship soon morphs into a thrilling saga of seduction, identity theft and murder. This ripe, colorful adaptation of Patricia Highsmith’s vicious novel The Talented Mr. Ripley is crafted with a light touch that allows it to be at once suspenseful and erotic, and features some gorgeous location photography of coastal Italy.


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1969, Janus Films, 116 min, West Germany/France/Luxembourg, Dir: Barbet Schroeder

Director Barbet Schroeder’s stunning portrait of the dark underbelly of the ’60s sex-and-drugs revolution is like a Velvet Underground song on film: Mimsey Farmer stars as the gorgeous, Edie Sedgwick-like junkie princess who draws German drifter Klaus Grunberg into her sunlit world of Euro beach parties, retired Nazis and heroin fixes. With a brilliant, sinister score by Pink Floyd that perfectly captures the dreamy paranoia of Schroeder’s early masterpiece.


THE VALLEY (OBSCURED BY CLOUDS)
LA VALLÉE
1972, Janus Films, 106 min, France, Dir: Barbet Schroeder

Viviane (Bulle Ogier) is in New Guinea looking for rare feathers when she meets four European hippies on a quest to find a mythical valley paradise. Joining the quartet, Viviane embarks on a journey of self-discovery, encountering free love, psychedelic drugs and indigenous Mapuga tribesmen along the way. Featuring gorgeous cinematography by Néstor Almendros and an appropriately enigmatic soundtrack by Pink Floyd.


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