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Hitman Jef Costello is a perfectionist who always carefully plans his murders and who never gets caught.
International superstar Alain Delon as Jef, an assassin whose world is turned upside down when a routine hit gets a tad bit tricky in this Jean-Pierre Melville crime drama. Chirping birds. The way Alain Delon looks wearing his raincoat and top hat. Barking doggie. Plate switcheroo. French hottie. Perfect alibi. High-stakes poker. Fuck the Surgeon General! Smoking is cool. Quick Draw Jef. Michael Jackson's white glove? Police harassment. Usual Suspects-esque moment. Hat game. Identity game. Alain's eyes. Sunny day rain. Subway escape. Stairway walk. Does Alain ever take his hands out of his pockets? Double-cross. Hat rack. Sexy piano playin' vixen. High-tech security system. A breaking and entering straight outta Le Cercle Rouge. Tricky coppers. Swivel chair. Shattered glass. The…
By choosing Alain Delon for the role of Jef Costello - the brooding, silent assassin who slinks through the murky shadows of the Parisian night - Jean-Pierre Melville highlights the importance of casting. Getting the right person onboard who can disappear into their character and embody their spirit. When a director can focus their lens onto a face that tells a story of its own, the hardest part of capturing the attention of the audience is done.
Very quickly after meeting the assassin, questions about Costello quickly rack up. Where has he come from to arrive at this point in his life as a consummate professional killer for hire? How long has he been living in solitude tending to his…
There is no solitude greater than that of the samurai unless it be that of a tiger in the jungle... perhaps...
There's a reason the word suave originates from the French language. This fantastic film noir, from its opening shot, swept me along accompanied by smooth jazzy music and told me the story of an incredibly intriguing protagonist.
Alain Delon is captivating. I watched him in a daze as he portrayed the steely eyed, methodical and outwardly emotionless killer. His look in this film has an iconic feel to it and, apart from being an important element in the first half of the film, really strengthens this film's fantastic style.
Melville is almost as methodical as his hero. He structures…
THE URBAN SAMURAI
Less you speak. More you say.
There is no greater solitude than that of the samurai unless it is that of the tiger in the jungle... Perhaps...
— Bushido (Book of the Samurai)
1) Tigre dans la jungle
Jeff Costello smokes his cigarette, and the title appears and one or two are said information on the screen, it's Saturday night and is. And that's enough for us. Le Samurai has a story and a simple and minimalist plot as everything else is. From the little dialogue that is spoken only 9 minutes and 58 seconds exactly and the first line is: Jef? - What is good to have a few dialogues can give a quick attention to…
At the time of this review, some pillock has changed the name of this film in the database to The Samurai, which no-one bloody calls it. If you are reading this and you made that change, YOU ARE A KNOB.
Now obviously this film has been ruined forever due to its association with the user picture of that Adam Cook, who is currently in hiding after his latest Mafia hit. But I was able to see past that, put aside all my prejudices against the lad, and still thoroughly enjoy my third slice of Jean-Pierre Melville crime stuff.
Fortunately for you I'm not going to do a proper review of it because I'm sicker…
That was almost a lethal dose of cool. The raincoat and hat clad hitman at the center of Le Samourai is a smooth talking, deliberately paced isolationist with a stone face and piercing eyes that are always looking towards his next contract hit. The hitman, Jef Costello, has all the qualities of a noir protagonist; quiet, brooding, smoking a cigarette, walking in the rain and living in the shadows. But this noir protagonist walks straight out of the 40's and into the 60's French New Wave film movement.
Jef is a man of straight edges. His sharp downturned eyebrows, the lines on his coat and the perpetually…
“The medium is the message” is an expression that works well here. The film embodies the perfectionist, economical, cold and elegant methods of a master professional assassin. The blank expression of Alain Delon coupled with a patient and suspenseful direction by Jean-Pierre Melville create a very engaging and magical cinema experience. This film gives me a therapeutic, calming experience - a feeling I’ll certainly revisit from time to time. A “Kind of Blue” kind of effect - that elevates its audience to a state of the highest elegancy.
Like The French Connection but not as boring.
I was really looking forward to this one - probably my most anticipated movie of my remaining Flickchart 250. Especially after loving Rififi so much, another French crime movie seemed like just the thing. And I enjoyed Le Samurai, although less than I expected to. It has some great moments that are strung together by long stretches of a guy just walking around Paris mostly.
At first this has its own kind of hypnotic pull. I like that the film is about processes - the process of trying to break a suspect's alibi, the process of bugging an apartment, of stealing a car, of cleaning a wound. I like that Jef is…
Surely the coolest film ever made. Second viewing confirms this as an all-time favourite.
"I never lose. Never really."
An austere and precise film, its economical style intertwines the story, the characters and the landscape: beautifully, tragically, inevitably. An existential hitman Delon is as empty as the world he makes, with its focus on the details and control of the criminals task. Le Samurai's tension is like the bullet in the barrel before its fired. It really is exquisite to watch the methodology of a hitman. How weird is the fact that, when you know you are watching the planning of an assassination, you really pay attention to what's going on on the screen? It doesn't matter the slow rhythm of the film; quite the contrary, you become even more hypnotized with it.
Week 24 of the Letterboxd Season Challenge 2015-16: French New Wave Era Week. My list.
A movie so cool, my city had the lowest temperature of the month the morning I watched it (and that's a rock fact!), Le Samouraï's influence on a lot of other movies, including one of my favorites, Drive, is very obvious. Jef Costello, effortlessly played by Alain Delon, is mostly mute but mysterious and awesome. It's a very minimal movie, there's little dialogue and a lot of tension.
Manages to become surprisingly airless while it's trying to be the coolest thing in the room. Give me a ghost dog any day of the week.
I think I could watch Alain Delon put on that fedora and then run his finger and thumb round the brim again and again and again.
Also the car's in this!!
No one is as a cool as Alain Delon under the creative control of Jean-Pierre Melville.
Recently, I've become aware that certain films are able to transcend the medium by being completely self-assured in their atmospheres…