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Luc Besson


The director and producer Luc Besson belongs to the most important personalities of the French film. Although he only realised few movies as a director and was more often busy as a writer and producer, Luc Besson is best remembered as a director by the audience - a characterstic which underpins the presence of his work as a director.

Before his film career he earned his money as a dive instructor, a passion he was given by his parents who were connected with the element water. But after an accident he had to give up this profession and he dedicated to the film.

After first little orders he was employed as a director assistant by Gaumant in 1980 and he made valuable experiences. Only one year later he founded his own production company and launched his impressive film career.

After his direction debut "L'avant dernier" (81) he was able to achieve a first great success with his second movie "Le dernier combat - Der letzte Kampf" (83).
Two years later followed his next movie as a director with "Subway" (85), which was an unexpected box-office hit with Christopher Lambert and Isabelle Adjani. This movie was a milestone in the French film history.

Luc Besson has chosen his topics very carefully in the next years and therefore it lastet three years till he realised his next movie after "Subway".
But the waiting was worth it and he captured an unusual topic on the silver screen which could profit from his former experiences.
With "Le grand bleu - Im Rausch der Tiefe" (88) he filled the critics and the audience with enthuisasm and helped Jean Reno - who already took part in two former movies of Luc Besson - to the international breakthrough.

The cooperation of Luc Besson and Jean Reno continued successfully in the movies "Nikita" (90) and "Léon" (94). Between these movies Luc Besson shot the disappointing production "Atlantis" (91).

To Luc Besson's next works as a director belong "The Fifth Element" (97) with Bruce Willis, "The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc" (99) as well as "Angel-A" (05) and "Arthur et les Minimoys" (06).

Besides his activity as a director he also made a name as writer and producer.
As a writer he wrote the scripts for movies like "Kamikaze" (86), "Taxi" (98), "Kiss of the Dragon" (01), "Wasabi" (01), "Fanfan la tulipe" (03), "Danny the Dog" (05) and "Bandidas" (06).

His works as a producer comprise "Ne quittez pas" (84), "Les mamies" (92), "Exit" (00), "Blanche" (02), "Les rivières pourpres II - Les anges de l'apocalypse" (04), "Imposture" (05), "Avril" (06) and "L'invité" (07).

Luc Besson was among others married with the actresses Anne Parillaud and Milla Jovovich.

Other movies from Luc Besson (Writer): 
L'avant dernier (81) Le dernier combat (83) Subway (85) Le grand bleu (88) Nikita (90) Léon (94) The Fifth Element (97) The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc (99) Taxi 2 (00) The Dancer (00) Yamakasi – Les samourais des temps modernes (01) The Transporter (02) Taxi 3 (03) Michel Vaillant (03) Banlieue 13 (04) Les rivières pourpres II – Les anges de l'apocalypse (04) Le transporteur II (05) Revolver (05) Angel-A (05) Arthur et les Minimoys (06) Taxi 4 (07) 

L'avant dernier (81) Le dernier combat (83) Subway (85) Kamikaze (86) Le grand bleu (88) Nikita (90) Lune froide (91) Atlantis (91) Chasse gardée (92) L'enfant lion (93) Léon (94) Les truffes (95) Nil by Mouth (97) Taxi (98) Cour interdite (99) The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc (99) Taxi 2 (00) The Dancer (00) 15 août (01) Kiss of the Dragon (01) Wasabi (01) La turbulence des fluides (02) Peau d'ange (02) The Transporter (02) Ong-bak (03) Rire et châtiment (03) Taxi 3 (03) La felicita non costa niente (03) Moi César, 10 ans ½, 1m39 (03) Tristan (03) Fanfan la tulipe (03) Les côtelettes (03) Haute tension (03) Cheeky (03) Michel Vaillant (03) A ton image (04) Mensonges et trahisons et plus si affinités… (04) Taxi (04) Banlieue 13 (04) Danny the Dog (05) Ze film (05) Le souffleur (05) Akoibon (05) Nordeste (05) The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada (05) Au suivant! (05) Le transporteur II (05) Revolver (05) Entre ses mains (05) Bunker paradise (05) Colour Me Kubrick: A True…ish Story (05) La boîte noire (05) Angel-A (05) Bandidas (06) Les filles du botaniste (06) Meurtrières (06) Quand j'étais chanteur (06) Dikkenek (06) La jungle (06) Nuovomondo (06) Love and Other Disasters (06) Ne le dis à personne (06) The Secret (06) Taxi 4 (07) Arthur et les Minimoys (06) Michou d'auber (07) Serie "Valérian et Laureline" (07) Un château en Espagne (07) Frontières (07) L'ombre des autres (07) Hitman (07)

L'avant dernier (81) Ne quittez pas (84) Subway (85) Le grand bleu (88) Taxi 2 (00)