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'The Talented Mr. Ripley' to Screen
at UW-Eau Claire Nov. 2-5

RELEASED: Oct. 19, 2006

Scene from "The Talented Mr. Ripley"EAU CLAIRE — "The Talented Mr. Ripley," a stylish thriller adapted from the 1955 novel by Patricia Highsmith ("Strangers on a Train"), will screen Nov. 2-5 at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

Directed by Anthony Minghella ("The English Patient"), the film will be presented at 6 and 8:30 p.m. Thursday through Sunday in Davies Theatre.

A wealthy American industrialist hires Tom Ripley (Matt Damon) to bring his wayward-playboy son Dickie (Jude Law), back to America. Upon arriving in Italy, Ripley becomes obsessed with Dickie, his posh lifestyle and his beautiful girlfriend (Gwyneth Paltrow) — so obsessed, in fact, that he decides to make Dickie's life his own.

"If anybody can create sympathy for the devil, the angelic Matt Damon can," wrote Bob Graham in the San Francisco Chronicle. "As the title character of 'The Talented Mr. Ripley,' he plays an ingratiating sociopath who works his way through the American upper crust at play in Italy, leaving behind a bloody but elusive trail. The mystery is not who did it, but whether he will get caught. This thriller is so expertly — and perversely — poised that audience members may find themselves secretly rooting for the duplicitous Ripley. ... It is an altogether amazing performance."

The top supporting cast includes Cate Blanchett and Philip Seymour Hoffman. The 139-minute film is rated R.

Admission is $2 for International Film Society members and UW-Eau Claire faculty and staff and $1 for UW-Eau Claire students. Tickets are available at the Service Center, 715-836-3727, in Davies Center's east lobby, and will be sold at the door.

The film is sponsored by the University Activities Commission of the UW-Eau Claire Student Senate.

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