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'''Luc Besson''' is a French director, writer and producer.

Besson's parents were scuba diving instructors, and his initial ambition was to become a marine biologist. However, at age 17 he had a diving accident which left him unable to dive, and out of the resulting boredom he began to write stories and work in the film industry.

Since then, he has worked on more than 50 movies with [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/EuropaCorp EuropaCorp]] (the studio he founded), although he only directed 15 of them.

He is one of the three directors credited with creating the French "cinéma du look", a French film movement of the 1980s whose films favoured style over substance. At least that's what the critics say. They often featured young people, often in love with each other, lost in urban Paris.

Besson has been criticized in Europe as the most "Hollywoodian" of French filmmakers. Cheap action movies written and produced by him have been [[CriticalDissonance panned]] by some as "slick and commercial".

!!Films directed by Luc Besson:

* ''LeDernierCombat'' (''The Last Combat'')
* ''Subway''
* ''Film/TheBigBlue'' (''Le Grand Bleu'')
* ''Film/{{Nikita}}''
* ''Film/TheProfessional'' (''Léon'')
* ''Film/TheFifthElement'' (''Le Cinquième Elément'')
* ''The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc'' (''Jeanne d'Arc'')
* ''[[Film/AngelA Angel-A]]''
* The ''Film/ArthurAndTheInvisibles'' trilogy (''Arthur et les Minimoys'')
* ''Film/TheExtraordinaryAdventuresofAdeleBlancSec''
* ''The Lady''
* ''Film/{{Malavita}}'' (known as ''The Family'' for international release)
* ''Film/{{Lucy}}''

!!Films written and/or produced by Luc Besson include:

* The ''Film/{{Taxi}}'' series
* ''Yamakasi''
* ''Film/{{Wasabi}}''
* ''Film/{{District 13}}'' (''Banlieue 13'') and its sequel, ''District 13 : Ultimatum''
* ''[[Film/TheCrimsonRivers The Crimson Rivers II: Angels of the Apocalypse]]''
* ''Film/TheTransporter'' and its sequels
* ''Film/{{Taken}}'' and its sequel
* ''FromParisWithLove''
* ''Film/{{Lockout}}''
* ''Film/DannyTheDog''
* ''Film/KissOfTheDragon'' (''Le Baiser mortel du Dragon'')
* ''Film/ThreeDaysToKill''

!! Tropes associated with Luc Besson's films

* {{Action Girl}}s: Armed women is a common motif in his films.
* AlwaysSaveTheGirl
* DirtyCop: Corrupt cops factor into many of Besson's films.
* InvincibleHero: Besson's action heroes are typically supreme {{badass}}es set against impossible odds.
* ProductionPosse:
** Besson has cast Jean Reno in several of his films, including his first four.
** He cast his former wife Milla Jovovich as the female lead in two films.
** Not to mention composer Eric Serra, wo worked on all of his directed films.
* WriteWhatYouKnow: Not surprisingly for a former diver, Besson's first wide release film was ''The Big Blue'', which is about... divers.

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