Le Samouraï (1967)

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After professional hitman Jef Costello is seen by witnesses his efforts to provide himself an alibi drive him further into a corner.


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  • Alain Delon in Le Samouraï (1967)
  • Nathalie Delon and François Périer in Le Samouraï (1967)
  • Alain Delon and Nathalie Delon in Le Samouraï (1967)
  • Alain Delon and Robert Favart in Le Samouraï (1967)
  • Alain Delon in Le Samouraï (1967)

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24 October 2004 | i-grigoriev
10
| Melville's masterpiece is pure seduction...
This film starts off with the same sound like Sergio Leone's 'C'era un volta il west', but it's just that here the sound is made not by a plate, but a canary, the cold-blooded killer's canary.

This film was made in 1967, the French nouveau vague already apparent all over the place, but with much more subtle undertones than, say, a work by Truffaut.

No, Melville's films were old-school, but at the same time revolutionary, in a delicate way. Take for example the 'chase' scene through the Metro. Practically nothing happens: there are no gunfights, no combat sequences, perhaps just a small chase. But it is Melville's camera and Delon's inimitable performance that keep the audience mesmerized all the way.

The camera practically flirts with the audience throughout the whole movie, picking the most interesting angles and achieving so much practically without any effort. Delon's character changes his expression only once or twice during the movie, shoots faster than even Leone's gunslingers and never forgets to feed his canary. To me, one of the most accomplished antiheroes of the whole genre.

The dialogue is barely there, but when it is, then it's something you'd probably wish you would have come up with yourself. It is a minimalist work that achieves the absolute maximum. Simply put: one of the best crime noirs ever made.

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