Beautiful. Ice cold. Bad person. Right-winger. Great actor under the right director. All these statements are true about one of my favorite actors, Alain Delon. He is one of the few actors I would watch a movie because he was in it. Specially the ones he made between 1960 and 1975.
Alain Delon worked in some of the best movies of the second part of the XXth century. He became famous playing Rocco in Luchino Visconti's Rocco and His Brothers (1960) and The Leopard
His personal life was always controversial. He had a son with German singer Nico, and he refused to recognized him. Because of Nico's personal problems, Delon's parents raised the kid. Alain Delon did not speak to them for years because of it. Because of his right-wing ideas, he starred in Joseph Losey's Mr. Klein to prove he was not a Nazi.
In Jean Pierre Melville's Le Samourai, he had an on-screen aura only achieved by legends like Greta Garbo or Marlene Dietriech. I've probably seen the movie 7 times (or more). Every time it showed on an art-movie theater in Buenos Aires, I would attend. In fact, a friend once went to a showing not because he was interested in the movie, but because he needed to reach me urgently. He knew I would be there. He also fell in love with the movie, and with him. You need to watch it to understand what I'm talking about, but here is a trailer: