Prince of darkness and light

Monica Vitti and Alain Delon in “The Eclipse” (1962)

Monica Vitti and Alain Delon in “The Eclipse” (1962)

French superstar Alain Delon’s 46-year film career spans two continents and more than 80 works, from such classics as “Purple Noon” to disaster pics like “The Concorde: Airport ’79.” But it is as a master portrayer of the dark, troubled souls of French cop films that he is best known by film lovers worldwide.

“Man in the Shadows,” a Delon retrospective at International House Jan. 9-18, features some of Delon’s best work of the 1960s and 1970s, including 1960’s “Purple Noon,” the original adaptation of “The Talented Mr. Ripley,” Patricia Highsmith’s thriller involving a rich playboy, the man sent to retrieve him, a murder and a stolen identity.

“MAN IN THE SHADOWS”: Jan. 9-18 at International House, 3701 Chestnut St.; see day-by-day listings for films and show times. Info: or 215-387-5125.

Originally published on December 11, 2003