Director and producer Luc Besson is celebrating 60. Birthday

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His career includes big successes, but also financial Flops. Luc Besson is considered to be the most powerful man of the French cinema. But he is not without controversy. And in recent times he has to cope with low blows.

  • French movie Mogul Luc Besson is 60

    Author, producer and Director: Luc Besson

    Luc Besson has achieved in the past four decades, the reputation of the guarantors of success of the European theater of operation. His films in addition to the usual budget blow up. He is also available for dozens of films by other Directors responsible as a producer. For many of his own Works, he has also written the screenplays. But Besson also had to cope with some failures.

  • French movie Mogul Luc Besson is 60

    Early Success

    After a dismal directorial debut, the Black-and-White twisted Science-Fiction Film “The last fight” (1983), caught Besson’s second work, “Subway” in 1985, a lot of attention. “Subway” was shafts a furios-staged Action movie that takes place mainly in the underground of Paris, in subway stations, on tracks and escalators. The Film was filled with Christopher Lambert and Isabelle Adjani prominent.

  • French movie Mogul Luc Besson is 60

    A view into the abyss: the rapture of the deep

    In 1988, Luc Besson had his divers drama “In the rapture of the deep”, the heart of the cinema fans in the whole of Europe beat faster. The story of two divers fought off the coast of Greece a dangerous Competition for new world records, fascinated with the breathtaking shots and a mythically charged Story. “The rapture of the deep” quickly became a cult film.

  • French movie Mogul Luc Besson is 60

    The Action Specialist Luc Besson

    Its following two movies brought a further facet of the skills of the Director. Both “Nikita” (1990) as well as “Léon – The professional” (1994/our image) showed Besson as reported-rounder action-Packed film narratives with rapidly staged scenes and dramatic tension. In “Léon” acted on the side of the young Natalie Portman, the Frenchman Jean Reno.

  • French movie Mogul Luc Besson is 60

    The fifth Element

    With his next Film, the expensive sci-Fi epic “The fifth Element”, proved to be Besson strongly his sense of Genre cinema. Besson knew with big Budgets to deal with Special Effects and Hollywood Stars such as Bruce Willis. However, although Besson turned his films, often in English – were produced, his works always in the home France.

  • French movie Mogul Luc Besson is 60

    French History

    So not much of a surprise that Besson according to the previous Action and Science Fiction movies of 1999 “Joan of arc” a historical film should turn to. Besson told the story of the French national saints Joan of Arc with fast-paced scene changes, many cuts and bold camera angles. In the role of Besson’s favorite actress, Milla Jovovich shined.

  • French movie Mogul Luc Besson is 60

    Diverse Film Worlds

    The first decade of the new Millennium, Besson produced, in the meantime, more and more films for other Directors – was for Director Luc Besson as an artistic and less fertile. Both his Film “Angel-A”, as well as the three parts of “Arthur and the Minimoys” (our picture) impressed less than the early work of the Director. But as a producer, Besson has earned a lot of money.

  • French movie Mogul Luc Besson is 60

    Trip to the political Genre: “The Lady”

    Rather unusual in 2011, Besson’s, was the next Film. In “The Lady” approached the filmmakers of the Nobel peace prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi from Myanmar. The project came about on the Initiative of the actress Michelle Yeoh. The actress from Malaysia is an admirer of the films Besson’s. “The Lady” was one of the atypical most Besson movies.

  • French movie Mogul Luc Besson is 60

    Success with “Lucy”

    According to the 2013 US-Stars-turned Mafia Comedy “Malavita – The family” staged Besson five years ago, “Lucy” with Scarlett Johansson in the main role. The mix of Action and sci-Fi elements turned out to be at the box office as a sensational success, and played a multiple of its cost. Again, Besson turned to English, produced in France.

  • French movie Mogul Luc Besson is 60

    Looking to the future: Valerian

    With his 16. Game film has surpassed Luc Besson then, what was the Budget itself. The Director took to his new project so much money in Hand, “Valerian – The city of a thousand planets” became the most expensive European Film ever made. Around 200 million euros to have cost “Valerian”. Outside of its homeland the Film, however, is far less than hoped for.

    Author: Jochen Kürten


  • French movie Mogul Luc Besson is 60

    Author, producer and Director: Luc Besson

    Luc Besson has achieved in the past four decades, the reputation of the guarantors of success of the European theater of operation. His films in addition to the usual budget blow up. He is also available for dozens of films by other Directors responsible as a producer. For many of his own Works, he has also written the screenplays. But Besson also had to cope with some failures.

  • French movie Mogul Luc Besson is 60

    Early Success

    After a dismal directorial debut, the Black-and-White twisted Science-Fiction Film “The last fight” (1983), caught Besson’s second work, “Subway” in 1985, a lot of attention. “Subway” was shafts a furios-staged Action movie that takes place mainly in the underground of Paris, in subway stations, on tracks and escalators. The Film was filled with Christopher Lambert and Isabelle Adjani prominent.

  • French movie Mogul Luc Besson is 60

    A view into the abyss: the rapture of the deep

    In 1988, Luc Besson had his divers drama “In the rapture of the deep”, the heart of the cinema fans in the whole of Europe beat faster. The story of two divers fought off the coast of Greece a dangerous Competition for new world records, fascinated with the breathtaking shots and a mythically charged Story. “The rapture of the deep” quickly became a cult film.

  • French movie Mogul Luc Besson is 60

    The Action Specialist Luc Besson

    Its following two movies brought a further facet of the skills of the Director. Both “Nikita” (1990) as well as “Léon – The professional” (1994/our image) showed Besson as reported-rounder action-Packed film narratives with rapidly staged scenes and dramatic tension. In “Léon” acted on the side of the young Natalie Portman, the Frenchman Jean Reno.

  • French movie Mogul Luc Besson is 60

    The fifth Element

    With his next Film, the expensive sci-Fi epic “The fifth Element”, proved to be Besson strongly his sense of Genre cinema. Besson knew with big Budgets to deal with Special Effects and Hollywood Stars such as Bruce Willis. However, although Besson turned his films, often in English – were produced, his works always in the home France.

  • French movie Mogul Luc Besson is 60

    French History

    So not much of a surprise that Besson according to the previous Action and Science Fiction movies of 1999 “Joan of arc” a historical film should turn to. Besson told the story of the French national saints Joan of Arc with fast-paced scene changes, many cuts and bold camera angles. In the role of Besson’s favorite actress, Milla Jovovich shined.

  • French movie Mogul Luc Besson is 60

    Diverse Film Worlds

    The first decade of the new Millennium, Besson produced, in the meantime, more and more films for other Directors – was for Director Luc Besson as an artistic and less fertile. Both his Film “Angel-A”, as well as the three parts of “Arthur and the Minimoys” (our picture) impressed less than the early work of the Director. But as a producer, Besson has earned a lot of money.

  • French movie Mogul Luc Besson is 60

    Trip to the political Genre: “The Lady”

    Rather unusual in 2011, Besson’s, was the next Film. In “The Lady” approached the filmmakers of the Nobel peace prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi from Myanmar. The project came about on the Initiative of the actress Michelle Yeoh. The actress from Malaysia is an admirer of the films Besson’s. “The Lady” was one of the atypical most Besson movies.

  • French movie Mogul Luc Besson is 60

    Success with “Lucy”

    According to the 2013 US-Stars-turned Mafia Comedy “Malavita – The family” staged Besson five years ago, “Lucy” with Scarlett Johansson in the main role. The mix of Action and sci-Fi elements turned out to be at the box office as a sensational success, and played a multiple of its cost. Again, Besson turned to English, produced in France.

  • French movie Mogul Luc Besson is 60

    Looking to the future: Valerian

    With his 16. Game film has surpassed Luc Besson then, what was the Budget itself. The Director took to his new project so much money in Hand, “Valerian – The city of a thousand planets” became the most expensive European Film ever made. Around 200 million euros to have cost “Valerian”. Outside of its homeland the Film, however, is far less than hoped for.

    Author: Jochen Kürten


Probably the darkest hour of his long and mostly successful career in the French Film by Luc Besson (born. on 18.3.1959) the indictment of several women from the film industry have felt. You all accused the Director and producer in 2018 and sexual Assault. The investigations were set in February of this year. But the thing is not yet over. An actress wants to challenge the judgment. Besson will, therefore, have to continue to fight. The allegations he had denied.

Competition to Hollywood: “Valérian”

Another low blow: His latest Film, the Science-Fiction Opus “Valérian – The city of a thousand planets,” which was released worldwide in 2017 in the cinemas, was far less than hoped. He is considered the most expensive French Film of all time. The Story, based on a 50-year-old Comic, is a kind of “Star Wars”Version in French.

Young actor for a young audience: “Valérian”

And although many people wanted to see the movie and the worldwide box office result was remarkable, came Besson’s cinema-Empire falter. In the case of a 200-million-Budget for such a Blockbuster needs to commit a lot of money in order to be actually a sustainable commercial success. Besson was only the Director of the film, but also a producer. Behind the “Valérian” is his own production company “EuropaCorp”.

With his directorial work, he also celebrated the artistic achievements

“EuropaCorp” had founded the enterprising Besson in 2000, and finally to the most powerful man in the domestic film industry soared. Although Luc Besson had begun in the 1980s, as a Director, and with Successes such as “the rapture of the deep”, “Léon – the professional” and “The fifth Element” considerable success at the box office and also in the criticism can celebrate, but finally in his Element of 1959, in Paris, seemed to be born Besson only with the establishment of his own production company.

With the movie “The fifth Element” wrote Besson European film history

At the end of the 1990s, the revenue brought successful films like “Taxi” and “Taken”, which were then each in series, million into the coffers of Besson’s company. The Frenchman worked a two-pronged approach. His direction of the great artistic power of the past days reached to work only rarely. After all, he was able to celebrate with “Lucy” with Scarlett Johansson in the main role also in the USA a great success. However, Besson was more of a producer of popular, mass-produced goods, as an artist, to get artistically ambitious filmmakers: The French cinema (commercial) eye-level with Hollywood – that seemed to be his goal.

He has taken over the Film “Valérian”?

This went on for a long time. If he has overstretched themselves with the large-scale project “Valérian” but now may be seen over the coming months. Currently, his production company, “EuropaCorp”, as in debt, and financially. For months, she’s looking for investors. In the United States. The accusations against him, that he had sexually harassed women, arrive in the country in which the case Harvey Weinstein caused a tremor in the film world, of course everything else as well.

You may be curious as to how the case for Luc Besson, the man who wanted to conquer Paris from the film world. 60. Birthday, he is expected to enjoy not only in pure champagne mood.