Monday, November 08, 2010

Vintage Trailer of the Week 52

Alain Delon is 75 today. He was probably the first French actor I was aware of. I knew and loved him as a boy from his
appearance as the villain in Red Sun (Terence Young, 1971), which featured a samurai-gunslinger collision which blew my ten year old mind, but also from the rollicking French gangster film Borsalino (Jacques Deray, 1970), in which he stars alongside Jean-Paul Belmondo. What a treat to discover as I grew up that he had enjoyed a fine career, working with directors like Antonioni, Losey and Visconti. And Jean Pierre Melville, of course.
This is the trailer for one of my favourite films, and one of the greatest genre films ever made, Melville's superb Le Samourai (1967), in which Delon is brilliant. The trailer is entirely in French, but Melville's visuals, they're universal (the image above is from another Delon-Melville collaboration, the only slightly less brilliant Le Cercle Rouge (1970).

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