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Tony's Favorite Extra

This morning Peppe came to my house to install a new DVD player into my computer. He asked me for a disc. I gave him “The Talented Mr. Ripley,” which I'd just gotten in the post from Amazon.co.uk. He smiled. “I’m in that movie,” he said.

We spent a pleasant half hour grabbing screen shots. Director Anthony Minghella filmed the scene here on the island, over at Ischia Ponte, near Castello Aragonese. All those people were not actors, but rather ordinary Ischians like himself, who understood perfectly how to express grief when a young, unmarried pregnant woman is fished out of the sea.

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haha! That's a great story.

I actually remember watching that movie for the first time thinking, where is that Island in Italy? ....I want to go there someday. Now I know. ;)

The reality of this part of the world is as beautiful as the idealized version presented in movies like "The Talented Mr. Ripley," and my all time favorite (filmed on the nearby island of Procida), "Il Postino."

I have GOT to see both of those again very soon.

Thanks for a wonderful story. :)

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