The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999)

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taylorofoldbondstreet_sandalwood_bornunicornOne of the most symbolical objects in the film [1] are Dickie Greenleaf’s rings. To his nemesis, Tom Ripley, they represent the wealth and the security in one’s identity that he’s never experienced. That’s why Tom ardently desires them: owning those rings mean owning a piece of Dickie’s dreamy existence. In the scene above, where Tom takes his friend’s rings, we can see other personal belongings – cuff links and a perfume. It’s the sandalwood after-shave lotion by Taylor of Old Bond Street.

[1] Rings are even more important in the 1955 novel by Patricia Highsmith the film is based on.

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