CC: Purple Noon (1960)

2019/20 SEASON!

Sunday, February 16, 2020 - Sunday, February 16, 2020

Purple Noon (1960)

Sunday, February 16, 2020 @ 3:00 PM
Calgary Central Library, Performance Hall
 - 800 3 Street SE, Calgary, AB
FREE Admission

Our free screening series at the Calgary Central Library continues with Purple Noon (1960) René Clément's lush, colourful adaptation of Patricia Highsmith's 1955 crime thriller The Talented Mr. Ripley. Though the role is better known to contemporary audiences from Matt Damon's 1999 portrayal, French sex symbol Alain Delon stars as Tom Ripley, a duplicitous American charmer in Rome on a mission to bring his privileged, devil-may-care acquaintance Philippe Greenleaf (Maurice Ronet) back to the United States. What initially seems a carefree tale of friendship soon morphs into a thrilling saga of seduction, identity theft, and murder. This free screening will feature a short introductory lecture from Kevin Alen (Research Lead of the Calgary Gay History Project), whose observations on the French thriller's queer subtext are sure to enrich the viewing experience.

About Kevin Allen: Kevin has been documenting and profiling queer people and events for 25 years through freelance writing and editing for various queer publications including: Clue! Magazine, QC Magazine, Xtra! West, and He is a career arts administrator and the past Executive Director of the Alberta Media Arts Alliance (AMAAS). He has previously worked for the Calgary Society of Independent Filmmakers (CSIF), NUTV, and the EPCOR CENTRE for the Performing Arts.

Library Screening Series

For the third year in a row, Calgary Cinematheque is excited to present free monthly screenings at the Central Library. Each screening includes a pre- or post-film lecture, providing an in-depth learning opportunity to place the film and its series in context.

About Calgary Cinematheque

We are a non-profit film society dedicated to presenting significant, challenging, and essential works of cinema art in Calgary. During our season, which runs from October to April, we screen films weekly, in curated programs which situate each film in a thematic and historical context. We do this because we believe cinema is an essential form of artistic, social, and political expression. Audiences should be able to engage with a wide range of cinematic expression, not only with what is commercially viable. We believe in the power of sharing these experiences with other people in a theatrical setting and we strive to cultivate a community around that experience.  

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