From August 18 to September 8, 2010 the Melbourne Cinémathèque showed seven Alain Delon films. The Melbourne Cinémathèque is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to importing and screening significant films from the history of international cinema. The series included: Plein Soleil, La Piscine, Nouvelle Vague, Mr. Klein, Le Cercle Rouge, Pour Le Peau D’Un Flic and Rocco & His Brothers.
As their site so eloquently explained-
“One of the great icons of post-WWII European cinema, Alain Delon (1935-) is a mercurial & emblematic symbol of both the resilience of genre cinema & the cool, modernist abstraction applied to it by such directors as Jean-Pierre Melville & René Clément. Extraordinarily beautiful & immaculately presented, Delon projects an elegant but stark aura that is an almost perfect symbol of the detachment & ironic distance that, for many, characterises the essence of modern existence (a quality emphasised by such directors as Melville, Antonioni, Visconti, Losey & Deray). As David Thomson argues, “It was that saintly grace, allied to the unmistakable aura of a modern young man, that made Delon’s best films so interesting.”
I love the page they put together for Mr. Delon’s films. Beautiful backgrounds, brief but informative summaries, and a YouTube clip from each movie.
The Melbourne Cinémathèque website-