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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…
This has to be one of the most boring films I've ever watched.
Drags on for what feels like forever. Has no stylistic merit, zero innovation.
All of the characters are written as their respective crime genre trope.
This is literally any crime TV show episode that features a hitman.
Slept almost 5 times waching this, but still i like it. I dont know whether its the eerie setting,the naturalness or stylish portrayal of what was a plain plot which made impression in my mind. Definitely a must watch for cinephiles.
A film as claustrophobic as it is expansive. From the opening shot reminiscent of a proto-Tarkovskian dystopia, this minimalist picture is French film noir at its finest.
+why didnt u get rid of the fedora and trench coat Jef?
-BECAUSE I LOOK FUCKING GOOD IN THEM.
i wanted my mans jef to get some b4 he met his fate other than that: nicolas winding refn, we're coming for you bitch
Le Samourai: Or the Snow White of Assassins.
Now that I Rewatches this, I got to say wow. A Truly gripping neo noir with Delon at his best! Excited to see more Melville films
Terse and seamless. A matchless synthetic exercise in style.
Le Samouraï has a very confident approach to the exposition of its space, with buildings or rooms at times feeling like part of intricate mazes. Characters and objects feel like moving parts in a much larger mechanism. Like in a Rivette film, there seem to be higher forces controlling everything; unlike in a Rivette film, these forces are never consciously or explicitly pointed out. Though Le Samouraï, for what it is worth, is not a "predictable" film, one can imagine that there is some divine fate that has dictated how everything will play out, and that the characters' or institutions' own outcomes are predetermined. The narrative is about perfection meeting perfection—a careful professional killer being studied by an effective and…
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