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Hitman Jef Costello is a perfectionist who always carefully plans his murders and who never gets caught.
What an amazing film to finish the year with.
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…
Un film étonnant!
Jean-Pierre Melville's Le Samouraï is an incredible example of restraint and visual storytelling. Alain Delon's Jef Costello - a hardened hitman who finds himself under police investigation - is the definition of cool and reserved, yet he, Melville, and cinematographer Henri Decaë are able to convey so much without much dialogue at all. The long, quiet stretches of procedure are reminiscent of the central set-piece in Jules Dassin's Rififi, and are just as effective. Despite being light on plot, Le Samouraï is heavy on mood.
Pretty sad ending.
Le Samouraï was a really engaging watch with its nice contained story. One thing that really bothered me was that the editing continuity was also all over the place in the final showdown. Both hands in pocket cut one hand in pocket cut both hands in pocket and pull both hands out of pocket cut cut one hand in pocket and one hand holding gun cut one hand out of pocket and one hand holding gun. That all happened in the space of fifteen seconds. A much larger issue than that however was the abundance of plot holes and conveniences that meant the movie couldn't be anything more than good. For example…
What makes the detective so convinced it's him…
This isn't one of my favourite Melville movies. It's an exercise in style compared to the professional perfection of "Army of Shadows". "Le cercle rouge" is another of his later films that defines the silence of the man of violence. I think he particularly gets the balance between the coldness of people (it's not all boys Signoret is the toughest of the bunch in "Army..") at work and the necessary humanity. These are still people with faults and weaknesses; which only goes to emphasise their bravery and skill. They don't falter but it would be very easy to do so, and many did by collaborating. Jef Costello is superman by comparison. It only falls by comparison in that regard. Le…
it's good, but is it "using it as my avatar"-good?
Drips style. Cooler than cool. A man with a sense of honor kills people for money. Gets betrayed. Dies.
[English/ Spanish review]
Le Samurai works like the recipe of a delicatessen. Main ingredient: the ramblings of Jef, an inscrutable hitman going places, indifferently interacting with other characters, who often seem to notice him more than he does, for better or worse. The cooking process takes his time, it takes a lot of flavours of the mundane, some spicy and bitter elements here and there made of looks, gestures, cheat, trust, and occasionally a minute of blazing fire... And repeat again... This slow burn cooking can test our patience, may be letting ourselves wondering why we should care anyway... But at the end everything comes into place, not like a one great 'wow' final revelation... In a minute we are…
It's a fairly popular movie in snob circles, but I enjoyed it regardless. Very clean film that much like the character, doesn't like to dilly about with unnecessary trifles and is only concerned with reaching the final destination as optimally as possible.
All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1177. An easy way of seeing how…
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