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Le Cercle Rouge

The opening of this movie is breathtaking. Great film!

Mr. Klein

Mr. Klein is now in my collection. From the back of the box: ” Both a thriller and a Kafkaesque dissertation on identity. Robert Klein- a charming unscrupulous art dealer in Nazi-occupied France.  Klein exploits them, preying on their desperation by buying their valuables at a fraction of their worth until he finds his name is shared by a Jewish member of the anti-Nazi resistance. Klein reports this to authorities only to find he is uncontrollably sinking into the quicksand of mistaken identity.”  Mr. Delon is absolutely fabulous in this film by Joseph Losey.

Le Samourai

Le Samourai was my first Alain Delon movie.  This is the movie where I fell in love with the visage and art of Alain Delon. I love his Jef Costello. I love Jean-Pierre Melville’s direction. I watched it with subtitles. I watched it without subtitles. I now own my own Le Samourai from the Criterion Collection. I think their note on the back of the box is correct, “In a career-defining performance, Alain Delon plays a contract killer with samourai instincts. A razor-sharp cocktail of 1940s American gangster cinema and 1960s French pop culture – with a liberal dose of Japanese lone-warrior mythology – maverick director Jean-Pierre Melville’s masterpiece Le Samourai defines cool”


Alain Delon has some wonderful scenes in L’Eclipse. The stock market scenes are magnificent.

Unfortunately I am not an Antonioni fan. I’ll revisit this movie in a few months and see if I can like the entire movie.

Le Guepard

When I first rented The Leopard I liked the movie. I didn’t love it until I rewatched some of the scenes captured at YouTube. I was able to marvel at the beauty and rhythm which had escaped me during my initial viewing. Brilliant! I need to rent it again and watch the entire film.

Rocco and His Brothers

I rented Rocco and His Brothers from Netflix. If you think Alain Delon is too beautiful to be able to act, watch this movie.

Plein Soleil

I am re-watching the movies of Alain Delon to see if my initial reactions were valid. Last night I watched Plein Soleil in French without subtitles. Once I have a sense of what’s going on in a movie, I like to watch it in the original language without subtitles. I get a better sense of the rhythm of a movie and the music of the voices. The first time i watch Plein Soleil I was overwhelmed by the beauty of Alain Delon. Watching it again I was mesmerized by his performance. I can understand why Martin Scorsese loves this movie. Plein Soleil means Full Sun. For some reason the English  release is called Purple Noon.


Adapted from the novel “Monsieur Ripley” by Patricia Highsmith

Directed by:   René Clément

Script:      René Clément, Paul Gégauff

Screenplay:   Paul Bertrand

With:      Marie Laforêt, Elvire Popesco, Maurice Ronet

Alain Delon eau savauge

Alain Delon 20-40

Alain Delon 50

Alain Delon 60

Mr. Delon over the decades.


I love this 2009 photo of Jean Paul Belmondo and Alain Delon. It’s been fun to watch these guys age and yet retain their essence.

Despite his stroke, Mr. Belmondo keeps his cheerful demeanor. I wonder what Mr. Delon is thinking.

Edith Piaf meets Alain Delon November 1959
Edith Piaf meets Alain Delon November 1959

I love this picture of Edith Piaf and Alain Delon. Her cherubic face is enchanting. Alain Delon is, as always, handsome.