PARIS: French actor Alain Delon will be honoured at the Cannes film festival later this month with a screening of “Plein Soleil”, Rene Clement's 1960 adaptation of “The Talented Mr Ripley”, in which he starred.

The tribute will be paid to the 77-year-old Delon, who now lives in Switzerland, as part of the Cannes Classics series, festival organisers said on Tuesday, confirming a newspaper report.

“Plein Soleil” (Purple Noon) marked a turning point in Delon's career and led to the critically acclaimed “Rocco et ses Freres” (Rocco and his Brothers).

Delon, regarded as a talented and versatile actor, has made some 100 films in a career lasting over half a century.

The original version of “Plein Soleil” has been restored by the Immagine Ritrovata laboratory in Italy with financing by the France-based film production and distribution company StudioCanal.

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