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The Talented Mr. Ripley

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Narcissist in Action

    ''The Talented Mr. Ripley'' is an Hitchcockian and blood-curdling study of the psychopath and his victims. At the centre of this masterpiece, set in the exquisitely decadent scapes of Italy, is a titanic encounter between Ripley, the aforementioned psychopath protagonist and young Greenleaf, a consummate narcissist. Ripley is a cartoonishly poor young adult whose overriding desire is to belong to a higher - or at least, richer - social class. While he waits upon the subjects of his not so hidden desires, he receives an offer he cannot refuse: to travel to Italy to retrieve the spoiled and hedonistic son of a shipbuilding magnate, Greenleaf Senior. He embarks upon a study of Junior's biography, personality, likes and hobbies. In a chillingly detailed process, he actually assumes Greenleaf's identity. Disembarking from a luxurious Cunard liner in his destination, Italy, he ''confesses'' to a gullible textile-heiress that he is the young Greenleaf, travelling incognito. Thus, we are subtly introduced to the two over-riding themes of the antisocial personality disorder (still labelled by many professional authorities ''psychopathy'' and ''sociopathy''): an overwhelming dysphoria and an even more overweening drive to assuage this angst by belonging. The psychopath is an unhappy person. He is besieged by recurrent depression bouts, hypochondria and an overpowering sense of alienation and drift. He is bored with his own life and is permeated by a seething and explosive envy of the lucky, the mighty, the clever, the have it alls, the know it alls, the handsome, the happy - in short: his opposites. He feels discriminated against and dealt a poor hand in the great poker game called life. He is driven obsessively to right these perceived wrongs and feels entirely justified in adopting whatever means he deems necessary in pursuing this goal. Ripley's reality test is maintained throughout the film. In other words - while he gradually merges with the object of his admiring emulation, the young Greenleaf - Ripley can always tell the difference. After he kills Greenleaf in self-defense, he assumes his name, wears his clothes, cashes his checks and makes phone calls from his rooms. But he also murders - or tries to murder - those who suspect the truth. These acts of lethal self-preservation prove conclusively that he knows who he is and that he fully realizes that his acts are parlously illegal. Young Greenleaf is young, captivatingly energetic, infinitely charming, breathtakingly handsome and deceivingly emotional. He lacks real talents - he know how to play only six jazz tunes, can't make up his musical mind between his faithful sax and a newly alluring drum kit and, an aspiring writer, can't even spell. These shortcomings and discrepancies are tucked under a glittering facade of non-chalance, refreshing spontaneity, an experimental spirit, unrepressed sexuality and unrestrained adventurism. But Greenleaf Jr. is a garden variety narcissist. He cheats on his lovely and loving girlfriend, Marge. He refuses to lend money - of which he seems to have an unlimited supply, courtesy his ever more disenchanted father - to a girl he impregnated. She commits suicide and he blames the primitiveness of the emergency services, sulks and kicks his precious record player. In the midst of this infantile temper tantrum the rudiments of a conscience are visible. He evidently feels guilty. At least for a while. Greenleaf Jr. falls in and out of love and friendship in a predictable pendulous rhythm. He idealizes his beaus and then devalues them. He finds them to be the quiddity of fascination one moment - and the distilled essence of boredom the next. And he is not shy about expressing his distaste and disenchantment. He is savagely cruel as he calls Ripley a leach who has taken over his life and his possessions (having previously invited him to do so in no uncertain terms). He says that he is relieved to see him go and he cancels off-handedl

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  • Posted May 25, 2015

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    Mr. Daman delivers a great performance in this thriller . wow ve

    Mr. Daman delivers a great performance in this thriller . wow very much enjoyed it.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Suspenseful and enjoyable

    a good watch filled with excitement around every corner

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    i had no idea.

    I had no idea how goo this movie really was unitl I saw it for myself. I really didn't get everything about it until I saw it it was like wow so that was what all the hip was really about. I mean I thought the plot line went one way when it really went quite off in another dicertion totally. I loved it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Well directed, well acted, but moves a little slow.

    I had the privelege of being an extra in The Talented Mr. Ripley and after meeting Matt Damon and Anthony Mingella, I say they could do no wrong. They must be two of the warmest, most down to earth people in Hollywood. That said, I found the movie to be extremely well acted, Matt Damon was incredible! The plot was good, but the movie itself moved along a little slow for my taste. I found the theatrical preview to be much more exciting. I still give it four stars, and the ''talented Mr. Damon'' gets five!

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    Posted June 30, 2010

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