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

My Favorite Jean-Pierre Melville Films

* * * * (Out of * * * *)

1.   Le Samouraï (1967)

2.   Bob le Flambeur (1956)

3.   Le Cercle Rouge (1970)

4.   Army of Shadows (1969)

5.   Le Doulos (1963)

6.   Leon Morin, Priest (1961)

7.   Le Deuxième Souffle (1966)

8.   Le Silence de la Mer (1949)

9.   Un Flic (1972)

10. Les Enfants Terribles (1950)

My Favorite Jean-Pierre Melville Films (Revised and Updated)

* * * * (Out of * * * *)

1.   Le Samourai (1967)

2.   Army of Shadows (1969)

3.   Le Cercle Rouge (1970)

4.   Leon Morin, Priest (1961)

5.   Le Doulos (1962)

6.   The Silence of the Sea (1949)

7.   Bob le flambeur (1956)

* * * 1/2 (Out of * * * *)

1.   Un flic (1972)

2.   Second Breath (1966)

3.   Les Enfants Terribles (1950)