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Luc Besson
Luc Besson
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In a Hardtalk Extra programme broadcast on BBC World on Friday 21st July, Razia Iqbal spoke to French film director Luc Besson.


Luc Besson is France's most successful living film director
- at least in terms of the box office.

Though he is responsible for international hits like Nikita, Leon and The Fifth Element, he continues to divide French critics.

His detractors argue that he makes stylish, commercial films that betray France's illustrious art house tradition.

Luc Besson tells Razia Iqbal why his critics will never get to him, and why his latest films reflect French multiculturalism, which he thinks can still thrive despite last year's riots.

HARDtalk Extra can be seen on BBC World at 0330 GMT, 0830 GMT, 1530 GMT, 1830 GMT, 2330 GMT.

It can also be seen on BBC News 24 at 04:30 and 23:30.

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