Luc Besson

French fantasy lacks focus

Part live-action, part computer-generated adventure comedy, Arthur and the Minimoys is typical family entertainment.

Sunday, 8 April, 2007, 12:00am

Visual vitamins

'Kids need vitamins, not grease,' says French director Luc Besson. That's why what he says is his final feature film is an adventure comedy about love, friendship, courage and the balance of nature. He sees the film as an antidote to violent video games.

4 Apr 2007 - 12:00am

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As French filmmakers go, Luc Besson is a rarity. The works of Francois Truffaut, Jean-Luc Godard and Eric Rohmer are respected and held in awe.

But most of Besson's films have been poorly received by western - particularly American - critics, who say they betray his nation's glorious cinematic heritage.

1 Apr 2007 - 12:00am

Family guise

Stretching his ample frame across a leather couch in a meeting room at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, Luc Besson frowns and sighs. The world is going to the dogs, he says, and he's frustrated about it.

1 Apr 2007 - 12:00am

Besson's animation movie 'vitamins for kids'

French filmmaker concerned at the inability of children to express ideas

Award-winning French filmmaker Luc Besson proudly describes his first animation film, Arthur and the Minimoys, as 'vitamins for kids', a kind of antidote to the grittiness of his earlier works.

22 Mar 2007 - 12:00am



Starring: Jamel Debbouze, Rie Rasmussen

Director: Luc Besson

The film: Following in the footsteps of Jean-Pierre Jeunet's Amelie and recent films such as Daniele Thompson's Orchestra Seats and portmanteau piece Paris, je t'aime, Angel-A will have lovers of Parisian chic and French tourism officials gushing.

11 Mar 2007 - 12:00am

Spot the celebrity

On the celebrity spotting calendar, here are a few faces to watch out for in the coming months. In terms of fashion folk, rumour has it that fire-hot designer Stella McCartney will be here this spring or early summer to unveil her latest venture.

27 Feb 2007 - 12:00am

New York's torch song dazzles but fails to sway the delegates

Only the most jaded IOC member would not have been touched when Meryl Streep, pointing to the Statue of Liberty, said 'our torch is yours'. It was an Oscar-winning moment, bringing to an end a slick New York presentation and pitch for 2012.

7 Jul 2005 - 12:00am

In the spotlight

Actress-model-singer Milla Jovovich spent her early childhood shuttling between London, where her father attended medical school, and Russia, where her mother lived. When she was five, her family moved to Sacramento, California.

15 Oct 2004 - 12:00am

Various Artists - Music From The Motion Picture Taxi

Various Artists - Music From The Motion Picture Taxi (Cote Obscur) The fact that Luc Besson wrote and produced this flick would have soundtrack-lovers drooling in anticipation. But in comparison to the glorious music of some of the films Besson has directed in the past decade - Nikita, Leon, The Professional and The Big Blue, for example - this soundtrack is a complete let-down.

4 Dec 1998 - 12:00am

Going Out

MUSIC Robert Lucas. From Thursday, 9pm, The Jazz Club, $280.

The blues straddle the handover at the Jazz Club with this residency from guitar slinger Robert Lucas, deferred due to illness from November. Lucas apparently is back in good shape and wielding his trademark Telecaster to blistering effect.

22 Jun 1997 - 12:00am

Ghostly goings-on in the opera house

In File of Young Kindaichi, an opera house cursed by a demon is the venue for a revival of the musical Phantom of the Opera.

Kindaichi and his partner Miyuki are invited to the island on which the show is being staged. But soon after their arrival, the troupe's leading actress Seiko and another actor are found dead.

19 Jun 1997 - 12:00am

Looking forward to the best of Besson

French film-maker Luc Besson's often stylised and frequently beautiful films have always courted controversy. It began 14 years ago at the age of 24 when he made his first feature The Last Battle, which was an award-winning debut.

1 Jun 1997 - 12:00am