November 08, 2015
Alain Delon is 80 today! On the plane to Miami last week I was listening to "Tidal Wave" by The Killers and the lyrics at the beginning struck me as a perfect accompaniment for a tribute video --
He’s always trouble with his non-complacent
Shotgun eyes, shotgun eyes
His subtlety, his mystery
Not like the other guys
She’s always taken by his reputation
He’s so bad, he’s so bad
On Saturday night, they’re running for the shadow
I started piecing the video together in my head while I was on vacation and I couldn't wait to start when I got back! I was googling photos of him while I was waiting to board my plane home -- as you do -- and noticed that his birthday was November 8th, which made my video production even more urgent. (I mean, if you can call spending hours frivolously matching up movie clips to song lyrics urgent.) It's been over three years since the last time I made a tribute video, but it was like riding a bicycle. I get so excited when a beat in a song perfectly matches a movement in a clip, or when I find a scene that fits a lyric like a glove.
I only included four movies in the video (L'Eclisse, Plein Soleil, Le Samourai, and The Girl on a Motorcycle) because I was on a self-imposed time crunch, but I definitely have the video-making bug right now so I'm sure I'll be making many more videos using a wider selection of films. Okay, so without further ado, here is my tribute! Happy Birthday, Alain!