Besson in context
in Luc Besson
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Stylisation and excess are hallmarks of Luc Besson's work. Besson's first feature, Le Dernier Combat, came out in 1983, Léon, in 1994. A few weeks prior to the time that Besson came up with his idea for Le Dernier Combat, he had just completed putting the finishing touches to his scenario for Subway. Nikita was Besson's thank-you film to his audiences for saving Le Grand Bleu from oblivion. According to Parillaud and Besson, the message of Nikita is not one of violence but the idea that people who are full of despair and missing love are not alone. This idea continues with Léon. Léon raises a number of problematic issues around sexuality and regression. Léon was Besson's first full foray into international film production. The film was co-produced by Gaumont and Les Films du Dauphin on the French side, Columbia on the American and JVC on the Japanese.


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