The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999)
This isn’t just riveting psychological thriller that deals with identity and obsession – it’s a film that celebrates style. When watching this I marvelled at the costume designs of Ann Roth and Gary Jones, which brought to life a combination of classic American and Italian fashion at its best. You truly are swept up (alongside Ripley) in the expensive world and wardrobe of Dickie Greenleaf; his tailored Italian suits, white linen trousers, designer polo shirts and that gold ring which he seems to be always wearing. Whilst Tom Ripley begins the film wearing plainer, well-worn and ill-fitting outfits, suggesting his true background.
However, as the film starts to take a turn for the sinister, so does the costumes… Darker, richer hues and dramatic styling emerge - leaving behind the light and airy clothing of the earlier scenes. This visual change adds to the tantalising suspense.
This film is a great watch. It’s not only a visual feast for the eyes, with its amazing costume and location (the movie is set in Italy in the 1950s - enough said), it has such a gripping storyline that keeps your eyes locked to the screen for the entire 2 hours and 19 minutes of its running time. So, if you haven’t already, drop everything and watch it now!