A white substance that you paint on wood or canvases before applying colorful paint. Tom jokes that his pale skin is a "primer" and that he hopes to become tanned, when Dickie calls him out for being so white at the beach.
Like a fog
Difficult to remember.
Horrible or disgusting.
Park Avenue crowd
Members of the New York City boulevard representing wealth, the elite and the American Dream; extremely wealthy people.
Worthy of hatred.
A small refrigerator, popular in the 1950s as it revolutionized food storage.
Extremely filthy and dirty.
A legal term meaning an irrelevant, random or out of the blue statement or question.
A person who uses and wastes other people's money.
Someone who loves jazz.
A main street in the center of Rome's historic district.
Not knowing your ass from your elbow
A pejorative, slang term for someone who is dumb or out of touch.
Spying on others, often specifically on others' sexual activity.
An evil spirit that often haunts a soul who has gone to hell, reminding them of their misdeeds.
Michelangelo and Leonardo
Michelangelo and Leonardo Da Vinci were two prominent artists and thinkers from the Italian Renaissance. They were both also known to be homosexuals.
Undeveloped, unsophisticated, preliterate, and corase. Often used as a pejorative against non-Western or non-Anglicized cultures.
"See Venice and die"
A reference to the poem "To See Venice and Die" by Herbert Nehrlich about the splendors of travel.
The Talented Mr. Ripley (Film) Questions and Answers
The Question and Answer section for The Talented Mr. Ripley (Film) is a great
resource to ask questions, find answers, and discuss the novel.
The Talented Mr. Ripley (Film) essays are academic essays for citation. These papers were written primarily by students and provide critical analysis of The Talented Mr. Ripley by director Anthony Minghella.