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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…
Noir-November Challenge! Movie #8
Jean-Pierre Melville's stylish french film noir exudes atmosphere and a whole lotta attitude!
Savoir faire hitman Jef Costello (Alain Delon) is the epitome of cool! His use of dialogue is sparse, his eyes and actions however speak volumes! His demeanor is cool, calm and collected! Ice water runs through his veins!
The impact of this highly influential masterpiece is still being felt today!
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…
Melville exceeds cool. Effortlessly & definitely not as an end in itself...
Le samouraï's thorough and entrancing style has obviously been hugely influential on generations of pulp filmmakers, including Michael Mann, Quentin Tarantino and, most recently, Nicholas Windig Refn (whose popular Drive reads like a stalker's love letter to Melville). But Melville adds a key component that most of his imitators miss: Jef's stony facade is only skin deep, barely maintained and increasingly see-through by the end. He's never depicted as a robotic angel of death; try as he might, he remains inescapably human, making the film as emotionally engaging as it aesthetically stunning.
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One of the few crime dramas with brains on both sides of the spectrum. A perfectionist hitman and an intelligent police force measure forces in this astonishing looking noir film from the French visionary Jean-Pierre Melville. Classy, beautifully shot, and deadly to the bone, 'Le Samourai' is not the most exciting mystery film out there, but it sure as hell deserves your time, not only for its stunning execution but also for its intriguing and mysterious characters, who give this story of cat chases mouse the suspense it needs to prevail.
Bonus points: Alain Delon as Jef Costello, and the exquisite film-noir cinematography.
Effortlessly cool. Although Jef Costello could easily have shirked witnesses by not dressing so much like a spy.
Минималистичная драма с интересным символизмом в третьем акте неожиданно превращается в напряженный полицейский флик. Мельвиль научил Алена Делона играть бесстрастную маску, но не показал, как ее снять – и теперь все более-менее заметные роли он отыгрывает с этим выражением лица.
Le Samouraï is a french film about a perfectionist assassin that takes all the precautions to never get caught.
There's not much to say about it, the film follows a silent and smart character that is careful and intelligent, that helps him to overcome most of the problems that present to him. The story is really simple but good. I really liked the ending.
The acting is excellent, Alain Delon becomes this character of the silent assassin so it's pretty great.
Overall is a good film and it gets 4 stars or an 8/10
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Already by the opening minutes of this film, I knew it was going to be a different and yet delicate piece of cinema
I just loved how it started out straight in the middle of what would eventually become a biopic of a killer. And it is the presentation of this person that helps ignite the plot of the film, as well as the plot within the film – referring here to the person he is going to murder, after he has finished smoking his cigarette, of course. Until then he is simply waiting in silence. Like a lion in his cave. I love this opening and how it simultaneously shows us the methods of our main character and the…
Loved it. Seedy, slow, silent, and beautifully shot with a secretive atmosphere, this film by Melville is one of my favorites. The stylistic elements are off the charts. The mystery behind the assassin which is the samurai is never fully revealed but I would always watch it again and again. The pet bird of the titular character I will always remember, along with the wonderful subway chase scene. This is neo-noir at its classic best.
Beautifully shot, meticulously paced, and directed with a crisp sense of aesthetic style, Le Samouraï is an engrossing cat-and-mouse crime thriller.
Recently, I've become aware that certain films are able to transcend the medium by being completely self-assured in their atmospheres…