Monday, July 29, 2013

Movie of the Week – Le Samourai

This week’s movie: Le Samourai (1967).

Jef Costello is a very talented and successful assassin, but on his latest job things start to go south quickly.

Auteur Jean-Pierre Melville is one of the greatest French filmmakers of the 1960s, with films like Le Deuxieme Souffle, Le Samourai, Army of Shadows (which is my favorite), and Le Cercle Rouge. He was a master of character-driven crime dramas. On this film he worked with composer Francois de Roubaix, cinematographer Henri Decae (who came up in France’s New Wave), and production designer Francois de Lamothe.

Like many of Melville’s late films, Alain Delon stars.

Le Samourai epitomizes cool. Everything about Delon’s Costello is cool. Plus, Melville directs with such a steady hand. He is unafraid to let the film simmer towards its brilliant climax. The pacing is slow, so it may not be for everyone, but for those that do like great crime dramas this is certainly one of the best in cinema history.

Trailer: Here

Available on: DVD

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