Luc Besson
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"Luc Besson" is a French film director, writer, and producer. He is known for directing and producing thrillers and action films that are visually rich. Critics cite Besson as a pivotal figure in the Cinema du look/Cinéma du look movement, a specific, highly visual style produced from the 1980s into the early 1990s. Subway (film)/Subway (1985), The Big Blue (1988) and Nikita (film)/Nikita (1990) are all considered to be of this stylistic school. Besson had been nominated for Best Director and Best Picture César Awards for his films Léon: The Professional and The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc. He won Best Director and Best French Director for his sci-fi action film The Fifth Element (1997). His action thriller film Taken 2 (2012) is France's biggest export success.

In 1980, he founded his own production company, called Les Films du Loup, and later Les Films du Dauphin. This was superseded in 2000 by his co-founding EuropaCorp film company with his longtime collaborator, Pierre-Ange Le Pogam. Besson has been involved with filmmaking for more than Luc Besson filmography/50 films, spanning 26 years, as writer, director, and/or producer.

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The famous line about the French king was that he didn't even know what was going on. He said: "Is it a revolt?" And the other guy said: "No, it's a revolution." The king was thinking it was nothing.

There are a few directors that I really loved who made like five, six great movies, but are still shooting and they're not good anymore and I'm sad.

It's always the small people who change things. It's never the politicians or the big guys. I mean, who pulled down the Berlin wall? It was all the people in the streets. The specialists didn't have a clue the day before.

I love that because I work one hour per day. And I see the director at the end of the day and I just say: "Oh yes, change this, and that's good, fine... " It's great, I love that.

So we had like five screens and people loved it and sent their friends and then the Japanese called and said: "We want the long version, please."

In my head, the fact that I have only two more films to make is pushing me. I say: "Oh my God, I've only got two more films so I have to say something that I really mean and I have to put it all in the last two films." The last two will be very good, I hope.

I'm still wet... no, no... I want to produce. I produce about three or four films a year.

I promise I will do two more.

I think that I am a collaborative fascist. With Natalie it was different, she was only 11-years-old and Leon was her first film. And it's about a young girl who takes guns and shoots everywhere, so her parents were very scared, they didn't know me very well.