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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.

The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999)

thetalentedmrripley_bornunicorn (2)Deep into his identity theft intrigue, Tom Ripley (Matt Damon) writes a letter to Marge Duval (Gwyneth Paltrow) pretending to be Dickie Greenleaf, the girl’s fiancĂ©e.

santamarianovellagiftpackaging_bornunicornThe typewritten letter then goes into a gift package bearing a very peculiar logo – Officina Profumo-Farmaceutica di Santa Maria Novella, a historical Florence-based brand.

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thetalentedmrripley_bornunicorn (6)The exact perfume Tom bought for Marge (pretending to be Dickie) is never mentioned, but it’s clear it’s her favourite perfume: she asked her boyfriend to get it for her.

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Breaking and Entering (2006)

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Will (Jude Law) gives Oana (Vera Farmiga) a bottle of Jo Malone fragrance.

breakingandentering_bornunicorn (5)Earlier in the film, the same bottle can be seen on Liv’s (Robin Wright) dressing table. “That’s fucked up,” Oana tells Will when she finds out Liv uses it. “What man wants to be with a girl that smells like his wife?” Will doesn’t seem to care because he says he doesn’t want to be with Oana (she’s a prostitute but they’ve been actually talking all the time).