The Talented Mr Ripley, 1999

Director

Anthony Minghella

Cast



visit the film locations

Visit: Ischia. Ferries leave for Ischia from Beverello and Mergelina in Naples.

Visit: Procida. You can reach Procida by ferry from Naples or Ischia. If you're in a hurry and not on a tight budget, take a taxi boat from Ischia.

Rome: Stay at the sumptuous St Regis Grand Hotel, Via Vittorio Emanuele Orlando 3 (tel: 06.47091), off Piazza della Repubblica

The Caffè Latino, Via Monte Testaccio 96 (tel: 06.5728.8384)

Visit: the Capitoline Museum, Piazza del Campidoglio

Venice:

Stay at the Westin Europa e Regina, Calle Larga 22 Marzo, San Marco 2159, (tel: 041.240.0001) on the Canal Grande, facing the Chiesa della Salute

Stay at: the Ca’ Sagredo, Campo Santa Sofia 4198 (tel: 041.241.3111), on the Canal Grande

Relax in the landmark Cafe Florian, Piazza San Marco 56-59.

New York: Flights: JFK Airport

Visit: Lyceum Theatre, 149 West 45th Street, between 6th and 7th Avenues


Trivia

The 1960 version of the same story, Plein Soleil (also known as Purple Noon or Blazing Sun. with Alain Delon as Tom Ripley, was also filmed on Ischia, at both Ischia Ponte and Sant' Angelo, on the southern tip of the island.

Procida is the setting for most of Michael Radford’s charming Il Postino.


FESTIVAL

In the last week of June, Ischia hosts Ischia Film Location Festival, the only one of its kind in Europe.

Launched in 2003 to award artistic recognition to the Producers, Directors, Directors of Photography and Art Directors of full length feature films, shorts, and documentaries who have most creatively featured “locations” – in Italy or abroad – representing their human, historical and social reality, promoting awareness of their culture, tradition and natural beauty, enhancing audience’s desire to visit these locations and experience first hand some of the emotions conveyed by the film.

The Talented Mr Ripley filming location: Ischia Ponte, Ischia, Italy

The Talented Mr Ripley filming location: Tom Ripley arrives in 'Mongibello': Ischia Ponte, Ischia, Italy

The Italian locations of this, the second film version of Patricia Highsmith’s novel (the first was Plein Soleil, which cast Alain Delon as the sexually ambiguous anti-hero Tom Ripley) are as lusciously seductive as they appear on screen.

The late Anthony Minghella artfully conjures up Italy of the 1960s from a patchwork of niftily chosen locations, not all of them what they seem.

The opening, though, is New York, where Tom Ripley (Matt Damon) works at the Lyceum Theatre, 149 West 45th Street between Sixth and Seventh Avenues (used in the 1947 George Cukor backstage melodrama A Double Life, starring Ronald Colman).

The Talented Mr Ripley filming location: Franklin Place, Tribeca, Manhattan

The Talented Mr Ripley filming location: Tom Ripley's basement apartment: Franklin Place, Tribeca, Manhattan

The interior of Ripley’s dismal basement apartment was actually the ground floor of a tenement on Second Avenue at 26th Street in the Gramercy district of New York, but you’ll find the exterior, with the steep flight of iron steps, in the tiny passageway of Franklin Place, between White Street and Franklin Street in Tribeca.

Taking the job of tracking down spoiled rich kid Dickie Greenleaf (Jude Law), Ripley arrives in Italy at the art deco terminal of Palermo, on the northwest coast of Sicily.

To represent the fictitious resort of ‘Mongibello’, where Dickie idles away his time with girlfriend Marge (Gwyneth Paltrow), the movie uses two separate locations: the beautiful island of Ischia, largest of the three volcanic islands in the Bay of Naples; and its tiny neighbour, Procida. Both islands can be reached by ferry from Naples itself.

The ferry will take you to Ischia’s main port, Ischia Porto, but the bustling square where Ripley gets off the bus is Ischia Ponte, below the towering 12th century Castello Aragonese which dominates the island’s northeast coast. It’s about a mile east of the ferry landing at Ischia Porto, and is connected by a regular bus service.

The Talented Mr Ripley filming location: Bagno Antonio, Ischia, Italy

The Talented Mr Ripley filming location: Tom Ripley discovers Dickie and Marge: Bagno Antonio, Ischia, Italy

Between Ischia Ponte and Ischia Porte you’ll find Bagno Antonio, the private beach where Ripley contrives his first meeting with Dickie and Marge by passing himself off as an old college pal.

The Talented Mr Ripley filming location: Bagno Antonio, Ischia, Italy

The Talented Mr Ripley filming location: Dickie Greenleaf rides his scooter in ‘Mongibello’: Via San Rocco, Corricella, Procida, Italy

Most of the town of ‘Mongibello’, though, can be found on the neighbouring tiny island of Procida. In the beautiful fishing village of Corricella, Dickie rides his scooter and furtively meets up with secret girlfriend Silvana on the steep Via San Rocco, dominated by the domed Church of Our Lady of Grace. You can see the same street in Il Postino.

The Talented Mr Ripley filming location: Bagno Antonio, Ischia, Italy

The Talented Mr Ripley filming location: Tom Ripley sees Dickie meeting Silvana: Via San Rocco, Corricella, Procida, Italy

Meanwhile, the calculating Tom Ripley is watching from further down Via San Rocco. At the foot of this street, by the way, is the seafront where you’ll find the wonderful little bar featured in Il Postino – another film to showcase the astonishing beauty of Procida.

The Talented Mr Ripley filming location: Bagno Antonio, Ischia, Italy

The Talented Mr Ripley filming location: the town square of ‘Mongibello’: Piazza dei Martiri, Procida, Italy

The town square of ‘Mongibello’, where Dickie adamantly refuses to return to New York is Piazza dei Martiri, at the top of Via San Rocco, Corricella. This is also where you’ll find the post office from which Massimo Troisi collected mail in Il Postino.

The Talented Mr Ripley filming location: Bagno Antonio, Ischia, Italy

The Talented Mr Ripley filming location: the terrace of Dickie Greenleaf’s villa: Largo Stradone, Ischia Ponte, Italy

Dickie Greenleaf’s villa is Palazzo Malcovati, on Ischia Ponte’s main street, Via Luigi Mazzella. You can see the terrace, where Tom Ripley reveals his musical tastes by ‘accidentally’ dropping a stack of jazz albums, at the end of Largo Stradone, running north to the seafront from Via Luigi Mazzella.

The Talented Mr Ripley filming location: Bagno Antonio, Ischia, Italy

The Talented Mr Ripley filming location: Silvana’s body turns up at the ‘Festival of the Madonna’: Piazza Malcovati, Ischia, Italy

Ripley’s idyll begins to turn sour with the arrival of the suspicious and malicious Freddie Miles (the brilliantly scene-stealing Philip Seymour Hoffman). As the statue of the Virgin rises from the waves, the sea also gives up the body of Silvana. The ‘Festival of the Madonna’ is held on the waterfront of Piazza Malcovati, on the villa’s western side.

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