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

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14 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™‚

  9. John, the Moviedrome intros to Face to Face, Requiescant and Coogan’s Bluff have been uploaded to youtube!!!
    They’re on a channel called Stupid Owl.

    I’m just thrilled, ecstatic and overjoyed that they have been uploaded.

    What do you think of these intros?

  10. Thank you for the info Steve πŸ™‚ I just posted the links to them on the respective blog entries shortly πŸ™‚ As for when I will post my list of my top 10 favorite films of all-time, that will be very early December cause it has been said that that is when Sight & Sound magazine will post their 10 year annual greatest films ever made poll πŸ™‚ As for my opinion on the aforementioned intros, I love them every bit as much as you do πŸ™‚ That picture of Cox meeting Carlo Lizzani (the director of Requiescant) is worthy of a fanboy moment πŸ™‚ Cox’s take on Gian Maria Volente regarding Face to Face was insightful as well πŸ™‚ I also love Cox’s take on the contrast between Clint Eastwood in Coogan’s Bluff and Dirty Harry πŸ™‚

  11. The intro to Coogan’s Bluff is excellent but I really love the intros to Face To Face and Requiescant. They are fantastic and I think they are among the best Moviedrome intros Alex did. They’re great because Italian westerns are Alex’s great love and he is one of the planet’s leading experts on the genre and what he says about both films is so insightful and interesting so I am very pleased that these intros are back.

    I also watched another poliziotteschi which was Blood and Diamonds (1977) or Diamanti sporchi di sangue directed by Ferando DiLeo. It’s a good and solid film which I recommend. It’s on youtube but you’ll need to watch with English auto translate. The film got a Blu release by 88 Films which is also available in the US.

    Once you’ve finished the lists and some of the other writing It would be good if could watch a few poliziotteschis again and maybe parts 2 and 3 of Blood Ties too.

  12. Alex also mentioned how Gian Maria Volonte was in Sacco and Vanzetti (1971). That film has a release by Kino Lorber with a commentary by Alex.

    kinolorber.com/product/sacco-vanzetti-blu-ray-1

    Francesco Rosi’s Lucky Luciano also has a Kino Lorber release but Alex isn’t on the extras which is odd as he is a fan of the film. He mentions it in the Face To Face intro too.
    About that film, I thought the first 45 minutes or so was excellent and then the rest of the film was quite forgettable so it’s an uneven film for me.

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