Starring Alain Delon

Starring Alain Delon

13 Episodes

The beautiful boy of French cinema whose steely, ice-blue gaze betrayed more than a hint of danger, Alain Delon was a favorite of modernists like Luchino Visconti, Jean-Pierre Melville, and Michelangelo Antonioni, all of whom were seduced by his impossible good looks and air of cool detachment. This selection of many of Delon’s finest moments spotlights his star-making performance as the gorgeous, duplicitous Tom Ripley in René Clément’s Patricia Highsmith adaptation PURPLE NOON; his career-defining turn as a zen contract killer in Melville’s LE SAMOURAÏ; his sizzling chemistry with a leather-clad Marianne Faithfull in Jack Cardiff’s X-rated counterculture head-trip THE GIRL ON A MOTORCYCLE; his subtle portrayal of an amoral art dealer mixed up in a case of mistaken identity in Joseph Losey’s unsung classic MR. KLEIN; and more.

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Starring Alain Delon
  • Alain Delon Teaser

    Episode 1

  • Purple Noon

    Episode 2

    Directed by René Clément • 1960 • France, Italy
    Starring Alain Delon, Maurice Ronet, Marie Laforêt

    Alain Delon was at his most impossibly beautiful when PURPLE NOON was released and made him an instant star. This ripe, colorful adaptation of Patricia Highsmith’s vicious novel “The Talented Mr. R...

  • Rocco and His Brothers

    Episode 3

    Directed by Luchino Visconti • 1960 • Italy
    Starring Alain Delon, Annie Girardot, Renato Salvatori

    Looking for opportunity, five brothers move north with their mother to Milan. There, Simone and Rocco find fame, in the boxing ring, and love, in the same woman. Jealousy mounts, blood is shed, ...

  • L’eclisse

    Episode 4

    Directed by Michelangelo Antonioni • 1962 • France, Italy

    The concluding chapter of Michelangelo Antonioni's informal trilogy on contemporary malaise (following L'avventura and La notte), L'eclisse tells the story of a young woman (Monica Vitti) who leaves one lover (Francisco Rabal) and drifts ...

  • Any Number Can Win

    Episode 5

    Directed by Henri Verneuil • 1963 • France, Italy
    Starring Jean Gabin, Alain Delon, Viviane Romance

    This ice-cool crime caper bridges two generations of French cinema by bringing together longtime national screen icon Jean Gabin with hotshot rising star Alain Delon. Gabin is the career ex-con de...

  • Once a Thief

    Episode 6

    Directed by Ralph Nelson • 1965 • France, United States
    Starring Alain Delon, Ann-Margret, Van Heflin

    Six years out of prison, Eddie Pedak (Alain Delon) has kept his nose clean, avoiding any contact with his brother (Jack Palance), the head of a criminal gang. Determined to live a normal life, h...

  • Le samouraï

    Episode 7

    Directed by Jean-Pierre Melville • 1967 • France, Italy
    Starring Alain Delon, François Périer, Nathalie Delon

    In a career-defining performance, Alain Delon plays Jef Costello, a contract killer with samurai instincts. After carrying out a flawlessly planned hit, Jef finds himself caught between ...

  • The Girl on a Motorcycle

    Episode 8

    Directed by Jack Cardiff • 1968 • United Kingdom, France
    Starring Marianne Faithful, Alain Delon

    A wildly sexy time capsule from the swinging sixties, THE GIRL ON A MOTORCYCLE stars Alain Delon and Marianne Faithfull—two performers at the height of their impressive cool—as lovers with a taste...

  • Spirits of the Dead

    Episode 9

    Directed by Federico Fellini, Louis Malle, and Roger Vadim • 1968 • France, Italy

    Federico Fellini, Louis Malle, and Roger Vadim each direct a tale from Edgar Allan Poe in this haunting anthology film.

  • Le cercle rouge

    Episode 10

    Directed by Jean-Pierre Melville • 1970 • France
    Starring Alain Delon, Yves Montand, Gian Maria Volonté

    Alain Delon plays a master thief, fresh out of prison, who crosses paths with a notorious escapee (Gian Maria Volonté) and an alcoholic ex-cop (Yves Montand). The unlikely trio plot a heist, a...

  • The Widow Couderc

    Episode 11

    Directed by Pierre Granier-Deferre • 1971 • France
    Starring Simone Signoret, Alain Delon

    Based on a novel by master crime writer Georges Simenon, this quietly gripping drama centers on the unexpected relationship that develops between a hard-bitten country widow (Simone Signoret) and a myster...

  • Un flic
    Episode 12

    Un flic

    Episode 12

    Directed by Jean-Pierre Melville • 1972 • France
    Starring Alain Delon, Richard Crenna, Catherine Deneuve

    Jean-Pierre Melville’s final film finds the legendary director paring his minimalist-cool style down to its essence as an impassive police detective (Alain Delon) and a daring bank robber (Ri...

  • Mr. Klein
    Episode 13

    Mr. Klein

    Episode 13

    Directed by Joseph Losey • 1976 • France
    Starring Alain Delon, Jeanne Moreau, Francine Bergé

    Neglected for decades, this chilling existentialist mystery has reemerged as one of director Joseph Losey’s most virtuosic works. In perhaps the finest performance of his career, Alain Delon stars as the...