Moviedrome Mondays: Leon: The Professional (1994) and Le Samourai (1967) (Mark Cousins intro)

The 10th season of Moviedrome ends with a double-bill consisting of two crime thrillers helmed by Frenchmen.

Leon: The Professional (1994)

I have posted a youtube video link below to Moviedrome presenter Mark Cousins introduction to French cult director Luc Besson’s 1994 action classic Leon: The Professional. Readers can also read Cousins intro transcript here. The episode’s original airdate was November 15, 1998 (read here). I agree with all of the praise that Cousins showers on this film.

Here is a youtube video link to Mark Cousins Moviedrome intro to Leon: The Professional

Here is a youtube video link to the film’s original theatrical trailer

Le Samourai (1967)

I have posted a youtube video link below to Moviedrome presenter Mark Cousins introduction to legendary French director Jean-Pierre Melville’s 1967 neo-noir classic Le Samourai. Readers can also read Cousins intro transcript here. The episode’s original airdate was November 16, 1998 (read here). Once again, I agree with everything Cousins states here about this masterpiece. If any of you readers are interested, here is a list of my favorite Jean-Pierre Melville films (read here).

Here is a youtube video link to Mark Cousins Moviedrome intro to Le Samourai

Here is a youtube video link to the film’s original theatrical trailer

10 thoughts on “Moviedrome Mondays: Leon: The Professional (1994) and Le Samourai (1967) (Mark Cousins intro)

  1. I’ve only seen some of Leon: The Professional. I haven’t seen all of it and I haven’t seen La Samourai.

    John, did you watch any of the films I recommended? If so, any thoughts?

  2. Once again I haven’t seen either film, which seems to be a recurring theme, for me, during Mark Cousin’s tenure.

  3. Watched Leon the Professional a few times. That makes it a classic. Great Cast. Don’t know a thing about Le Samourai? but I’ve surely missed more great movies than I’ve seen.

  4. Please do check out ale Samourai because it is a highly influential French crime classic πŸ™‚ Anyway, thanks for dropping by πŸ™‚

  5. Thank you for the links Pete πŸ™‚ When I am not so busy, I will check them out πŸ™‚ Anyway, thanks for dropping by πŸ™‚

  6. I hear ya Paul πŸ™‚ It seems that a lot of folks preferred the Alex Cox years πŸ™‚ Anyway, thanks for dropping by πŸ™‚

  7. So I see and Le Samourai has often been cited as one of many influences behind John Woo’s The Killer πŸ™‚ Anyway, thanks for dropping by πŸ™‚

  8. Steve, I finished watching part 1 of the longer version of Blood Ties and I love it so far – now I have to watch parts 2 and 3 πŸ™‚

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