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: Piazza Navona, Rome, Italy

The Talented Mr Ripley filming location: Freddie Miles turns up at the cafe: Piazza Navona, Rome, Italy

Photograph: Glen Platts

Now it gets even more confusing. The ‘Vesuvio’ nightclub, supposedly in ‘Naples’, where Dickie and Ripley perform Tu Vuo’ Fa L’Americano is the Caffè Latino, Via Monte Testaccio 96 in Rome, whereas the ‘Rome’ opera house, where Ripley poses as Dickie, is the Teatro San Carlo, Via San Carlo in Naples. And also in Naples is the imposing vaulted Galleria where Dickie draws his allowance.

The Talented Mr Ripley filming location: Anzio, Italy

The Talented Mr Ripley filming location: Ripley at the ‘San Remo’ jazz festival: Anzio, Italy

Photograph: Nils Reucker

The ‘San Remo’ jazz festival, where it becomes clear that the good life is coming to an end, is the seafront at Anzio, on the coast about 30 miles south of Rome (the real San Remo is up at the French border).

Ripley’s Roman hotel, the sumptuous St Regis Grand Hotel, Via Vittorio Emanuele Orlando 3, off Piazza della Repubblica, really is in Rome, as is the cafe where Freddie turns up, on Piazza Navona opposite Bernini’s Fountain of the Four Rivers.

When he returns to Rome after Dickie’s murder, surveying the ruins of the Forum from Capitoline Hill and viewing the monumental sculptures of the Capitoline Museum, Piazza del Campidoglio, Ripley stays in an apartment on the fictitious ‘Piazza Gioia’, which is actually near the old Jewish Ghetto, on Piazza Mattei. The interior of the apartment – which also functioned as the Grand Hotel suite – is the 14th century Palazzo Taverna, Via di Monte Giordano 36.

The terrace cafe, where Ripley arranges for Meredith, Marge and Peter Smith-Kingsley to meet up, is Cafe Dinelli, Piazza di Spagna, at the foot of the Spanish Steps.

The Talented Mr Ripley filming location: Cafe Florian, Piazza San Marco, Venice, Italy

The Talented Mr Ripley filming location: Marge voices her suspicions: Cafe Florian, Piazza San Marco, Venice, Italy

Moving on to Venice, Ripley stays in an apartment which is an amalgam of two different palazzos. The Ca’ Sagredo, Campo Santa Sofia 4198, on the Canal Grande, was empty and abandoned at the time of filming but has been restored as a five-star hotel. The other is the Ca’ da Mosto, Cannaregio 5631, also on the Canal.

Marge, having arrived at the streamlined, fifties-style Santa Lucia Railway Station, at the northern end of Canal Grande, finally voices her suspicions about Dickie’s disappearance at Venetian landmark Cafe Florian, Piazza San Marco 56-59.

The hotel where Ripley meets Dickie’s father is the Westin Europa e Regina, Calle Larga 22 Marzo, San Marco 2159 on the Canal Grande, facing the Chiesa della Salute.

The Talented Mr Ripley filming location: Chiesa Martorana,  Piazza Bellini, Palermo, Sicily

The Talented Mr Ripley filming location: the ‘Venetian’ church: Chiesa Martorana, Piazza Bellini, Palermo, Sicily

The ‘Venetian’ church, though, where Smith-Kingsley (Jack Davenport) rehearses the Stabat Mater, is in fact the 12th century Chiesa della Martorana, Piazza Bellini in Palermo, Sicily, famed for its glittering mosaics.

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