June 12, 2012

Alain Delon for Christian Dior

We spied this ad in French "Elle": the young Alain Delon for Dior. Seeing Monsieur Delon, the lover of many famous ladies and ueber star of French cinema, inspires us to re-visit some of the movies he starred in.

All three films are worth watching not only to enjoy the perfect planes of Monsieur Delon's face but because these are quite brilliant films and the fashion is fabulous.

Alain Delon as Tom Ripley in "Plein Soleil" 
He was the first Tom Ripley (the same role Matt Damon played in "The Talented Mr. Ripley"with Gywnie and Jude Law) in Rene Clement's "Plein Soleil" (English title "Purple Noon"). Monsieur Delon portrayed the infamous criminal improvisor with the appropriate sang froid and style. 

Jane Birkin as Penelope in "The Swimming Pool" 
Next, we love the original "The Swimming Pool" with his real-life lover Romy Schneider and Jane Birkin as the Lolita-esque figure seducing Delon. (Yes, the Hermes Birkin bag Jane).

Alain Delon and Claudia Cardinale in "The Leopard" 
A third film we absolutely adore is "The Leopard": Beautiful film with beautiful people in splendid mansions in late 19th century Sicily. By Luchino Visconti.

photo couresty of French Elle Magazine
film photos courtesy of slantmagazine

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