Daily Archives: July 31, 2009

The Talented Mr. Ripley

Jude LawAccording to TMZ.com, via the Daily Mail (which is where I read it), Jude Law is to be a daddy again after a one night stand with ‘unknown model and actress Samantha Burke’.  I used to really admire Jude, until he fell from grace by turning into too much of a bad boy for my liking.  I think we hear altogether too much about stars’ personal lives nowadays.  I rather like the idea of old Hollywood where the PR machine worked overtime to keep superstars up on their [shaky] pedestals.  It gave us someone to admire, someone to look up to, a world of glitz and glamour to fantasize about.

I always thought Jude fitted into the category of a ‘beautiful’ man and in this photo particularly he reminds me of images I’ve seen of James Dean – same fine features and with piercing eyes.  He definitely has the look of old Hollywood about him. 

Like all of us, his beauty has waned a little with time but I still have a bit of a soft spot for him, mainly because he is in one of my all time favourite films –  The Talented Mr. Ripley.  I don’t think anyone else could have portrayed the character of Dickie Greenleaf as well.  He is the ultimate ‘golden boy’ and Jude himself is probably at his most beautiful.   If by any chance you haven’t seen this film and you like old Hollywood glamour with a Hitchcock edge, go and seek it out.  It’s visually beautiful, glamorous…and chilling.  Definitely my kind of movie.

My Friday video is the film’s trailer but before I go, and whilst we’re on the subject of Mr Ripley, equally worth seeing is ‘Ripley’s Game’, starring John Malkovich as an older, wiser and therefore more chilling Ripley. …In fact, having talked about both, I think I might get in some nibbles and libations and make a double bill of these two tonight.  


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