Top Ten 1960


Despite the fact that he was most famous as a matinee idol and heartthrob for young women (my senior citizen mother still turns into a soupy little girl whenever she sees him on screen), there was definitely a dark side to Alain Delon. Of course, anyone paying attention to him in his later years would never deny this, but watching him in the early 60s you might have been surprised to see just how well he pulled off Patricia Highsmith’s antiheroic Tom Ripley in Rene Clement’s terrific Purple Noon. Delon is predatory, sexy, sweet and irresistible, and it is possibly the most fascinating performance he ever gave.

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  • La Dolce Vita
  • L'Avventura
  • Psycho
  • The Apartment
  • Breathless
  • Rocco and His Brothers
  • The Bad Sleep Well
  • Spartacus
  • Adua and Her Friends
  • Tunes of Glory