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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), thus 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 (5)thetalentedmrripley_bornunicorn (6)The exact perfume Tom has bought for Marge (but pretending it’s Dickie who actually bought it) 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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