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Hans W. Geissendörfer
Leopold von Verschuer
There are two French movies based on Highsmith novels with Maurice Ronet. René Clément's 1960 thriller "Plein soleil" aka "Purple Noon" (based on "The Talented Mr. Ripley" is one of them. For me that's the best French thriller from the 1960's. Definitely a 10 stars movie. "Le meurtrier" aka "Enough Rope" mise en scène by Claude Autant-Lara is the other one and for me it comes close, 9 stars. This suspenseful crime story was filmed in 1963 in Nice, Côte d'azur, France. The soundtrack/score is very engaging and adds to the suspense.
The remake "A Kind of Murder" with Patrick Wilson and Jessica Biehl was released in 2016. As much as it creates atmosphere and has beautiful winter scenes and overall beautiful cinematography, the suspense which is so evident in "Le meurtrier" is missing in the remake. But the remake is still worth being watched.
I wish Criterion who releases so many French master pieces in their collection would finally add "Enough Rope" with a nice booklet...it's about time.
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