Another Very Successful “Luc” (NO, Not “Lucky Luke”, Again) – 10/30/2014

For Your Entertainment (FYE)(this time it is realy true…..)

“Luc Besson on Lucy: ‘If you find yourself asking what’s real and what isn’t, I’ve won’ – video interview ”

“Considered the French equivalent of Steven Spielberg, filmmaker Luc Besson has a reputation for creating fast-paced, ultra-stylish, and hugely budgeted films with mass appeal. The son of two scuba instructors, he was born in Paris on March 18, 1959, and spent most of his youth following his parents on the club Med circuit between Greece and Yugoslavia. Like his parents, Besson was an avid diver. At the age of ten, he swam with a wild dolphin while his parents were on a dive. The experience so moved him that he decided to devote his life to observing and understanding the sea mammals by becoming a marine biologist. Living in such close harmony with the ocean had a profound effect on Besson; the idea for his film The Big Blue was born after an Italian filmmaker showed him footage of world champion free diver Jacques Mayol descending 92 meters on one breath of air. Before it became a screenplay, the film was a story Besson titled Le Petit Siren.”

“Besson’s dreams of becoming a marine biologist were dashed at the age of 17 after an accident that rendered him unable to dive. Following his recovery, he moved to Paris to finish school. While readjusting to city life, Besson discovered television and the cinema. They soon replaced his passion for the sea, and he decided to pursue a filmmaking career; after dropping out of school, he began seeing nearly a dozen films per week. He also began toying with the possibilities of Super-8 film. At 19, Besson went to Hollywood and spent three years working on and learning about American films. The influence of the experience led one critic to claim that Besson’s films are really just American films made in France. ”

“Later, Besson served in the military and subsequently spent three years as an assistant director. He also continued experimenting with different types of film and making an occasional music video. One of his short films, L’Avant-Dernier, was a precursor to his 1983 feature directorial debut, the grim, future-set, sci-fi drama Le Dernier Combat/The Last Battle (1983). Essentially a silent film boasting exceptional camerawork, it won two of the highest prizes awarded at the prestigious Avoriaz Science Fiction Film Festival and 18 more at various other international festivals. All in all, it marked an amazingly auspicious debut for its 24-year-old director. Around the time he was making the film, Besson also founded his own production company, Films of the Wolf.”

“Besson’s second film, Subway (1985), was a freewheeling and funny crime drama set entirely within the Paris Metro that examined the lives of the punks and fringe dwellers who lived there. In tone and style, the film has been compared to a rock video and has become a cult favorite in France. Besson then went all out for his third film, The Big Blue (1988), which was shot in English. Considered his most personal work, it reflected 12 years of development and was heavily influenced by his experience of seeing the Mayol film and a later meeting with the great diver. The ocean plays a primary role in the story about a free-diver who must choose between his love for a woman and his passion for the sea. An unprecedented success in Europe, the film bombed in the U.K. and the U.S. largely due to inept editing, a different ending, and a new soundtrack; even in its mutilated form, however, the movie could still be appreciated for Besson’s use of his trademark breathtaking wide-angle shots. The director later received some degree of justice when a three-hour director’s cut was released.”

“Besson’s biggest hit came in 1990 with Nikita (or La Femme Nikita, as it was known in the U.S.), the lightning-paced tale of a troubled young woman who is turned into a sophisticated and deadly government assassin. Starring Besson’s then-wife Anne Parillaud, the film was a sexy, intelligent thriller. It was no surprise, therefore, that it inspired a U.S. remake, Point of No Return (1993), and a television ”

Even Luc Besson, in a way, could sing with “Lucky Luke”:

I’m a poor lonesome cowboy
I’ve a long long way from home
And this poor lonesome cowboy
Has got a long long way to home
Over mountains and over prairies
From dawn ’til day is done
My horse and me keep riding
Into this settin’ sun
I’m a poor lonesome cowboy
But it doesn’t bother me
‘Cause this poor lonesome cowboy
Prefers a horse for company
Bot nothing against women
But I wave them all goodbye
My horse and me keep riding
We don’t like being tied
[Lonesome cowboy]
[You’ve a long long way to go]
[To go …]
[To go]

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luc_Besson
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luc_Besson_filmography
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000108/
http://www.rottentomatoes.com/celebrity/luc_besson/biography
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lucy_(2014_film)
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2872732/
http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/lucy_2014/
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MVt32qoyhi0
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lucky_Luke
http://www.bangbangluckyluke.com/paroles/paroles_poor_lonesome_cowboy.php
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y6Gm3acD0V4

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