French New Wave Icon of the Week

Neil StraussThe Loop

If you don’t know him yet, it’s time to meet Alain Delon, one of the coolest men ever to step on the cinema screen.

John Woo, as you’ll see below, completely had Chow Yun-Fat watch Jean-Pierre Melville’s Le Samourai over and over for their breakthrough hit, A Better Tomorrow, which put modern Hong Kong action film-making on the map.

So here’s Alain Delon, looking and dressing cool (which is basically what 75 percent of the film is), to the tune of a song from a previous Loop post, Kavinsky’s “Nightcall”:

And here’s the trailer for A Better Tomorrow, with Chow Yun-Fat, also wearing a raincoat on a sunny day in the hot city, and biting other elements of Delon’s style: