I recently rented a bunch of movies in preparation for my upcoming European exploration. I chose Roman Holiday, Midnight in Paris, Stealing Beauty, Before Sunrise, Paris Je'Taime and The Talented Mr. Ripley. Each film was selected for its realistic portrayal of what life in Europe is actually like. A girl's gotta be prepared, amirite??
The cinematic style in The Talented Mr. Ripley is an aesthetic I often find myself coming back to. There's nothing fussy or brash about it, its impact is all in the details instead. It's those crisp shirts, tied at the waist (hers), or with the top button undone (his). It's the tortoiseshell accents, sweeping hair back and framing the eyes. It's Cate Blanchett and her scarlet pout.