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Le Samouraï


Alain Delon, Francois Périer, Nathalie Delon, Cathy Rosier View All


Jean-Pierre Melville (Screenplay), Jean-Pierre Melville (Director), Georges Pellegrin (Screenplay) View All

Release: Oct. 25th, 1967
Runtime: 1 hour, 45 minutes
In a career-defining performance, Alain Delon plays Jef Costello, a contract killer with samurai instincts. After carrying out a flawlessly planned hit, Jef finds himself caught between a persistent police investigator and a ruthless employer, and not even his armor of fedora and trench coat can protect him. An elegantly stylized masterpiece of cool by maverick director Jean?Pierre Melville, Le samouraï is a razor-sharp cocktail of 1940s...
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Together with my recent watch of The Third Man this scene joins the category for best chase scene I have ever seen; though the one in Le Samoura is hardly even a chase if you think of it, which is also one of the main reasons why I love and admire it so much.
What they don't know is that Costello never loses.
I'm glad I finally got this movie out of the way, but if I really had to compare it to another movie, I'll compare it to one that also fixates on slow-pacing to deliver moods, lacking story in comparison to other movies of its type, and one that's relatable through realism: Jeanne Dielman.
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