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Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.
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JCVD is a French crime film directed by French-Algerian director Mabrouk El Mechri, and starring Jean-Claude Van Damme as himself, a down-and-out action star whose family and career are crumbling around him as he’s caught in the middle of a post office heist in his hometown of Brussels, Belgium.

Influences

The filmmaker was most prominently influenced by Jean-Luc Godard and collaborations between Spike Jonze and Charlie Kaufman. El Mechri said about Being John Malkovich: “Spike Jonze and Charlie Kaufman were very successful in the abyss of a man who plays in a fiction. Their work on the deconstruction of fame is brilliant.”

El Mechri’s main visual influence was Robert Richardson, who was the cinematographer on a number of Oliver Stone and Martin Scorsese films. Directorial influences include the likes of Robert Wise (The Day the Earth Stood Still), Sidney Lumet (Dog Day Afternoon), Paul Thomas Anderson (There Will Be Blood), and Park Chan-wook (Oldboy). El Mechri says that his favorite Van Damme film is Bloodsport.




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