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Luc Besson was initially unsure of who to cast in the main role of Jacques Mayol. He initially offered the role to Christopher Lambert and Mickey Rourke and even considered himself for the role until someone suggested Jean-Marc Barr.
Jacques Mayol’s lifelong passion for diving was based on his love for the ocean, his personal philosophy and his desire to explore his own limits. During his lifetime, he helped introduce the, until then, elitist sport of free-diving into the main stream.
In the US version the ending is extended with an additional scene. After swimming away with the dolphin, Jacques is brought back to the surface.
Majorca learned to swim at age 4 and soon began to dive, although expressing a great fear of the sea. In 1956 a friend showed him an article about a new depth record of 41 meters set by
spearfishing champions Ennio Falco and Alberto Novelli.
Majorca was led by the article to begin competing in order to achieve the title of “man who reaches the deepest.
He achieved this in 1960, when he reached 45 meters to beat Brazilian Americo Santarelli. However that same year, Santarelli reclaimed the title by reaching 46 meters, which
Majorca soon surpassed at 49 meters.
With its extensive underwater scenes and languid score (as with nearly all of Luc Besson’s films the soundtrack was composed by Eric Serra), the film has been both praised as beautiful and serene, and in equal measure criticized as being too drawn out, overly reflective and introspective.
|The Big Blue|
Le Grand Bleu
|Directed by||Luc Besson|
|Produced by||Patrice Ledoux|
|Screenplay by|| Jacques Mayol|
|Story by||Luc Besson|
|Music by||Éric Serra|
|Edited by||Olivier Mauffroy|
Weintraub Entertainment Group
|August 22, 1988|
Le Grand bleu
Director Luc Besson is famous for his imaginative visual technique and breathtaking action sequences. One of the most stunningly beautiful films ever made, “The Big Blue” features gorgeous underwater photography and spectacular location shooting in the French Antibes, the Greek islands, Peru.
Rating: ★★★★★ by milo