This is how I would introduce a newcomer to foreign classics, from most accessible to least accessible. I'm still a…
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…
stylish and influential as all get out, but it also kinda felt like I was just watching a Cool Guy™️ being Cool™️ for two hours? idk
Great. Beautiful actor with a beautiful performance. He rarely speaks and rarely emotes, but that is the power of the film. It is about a professional going about his tasks. This was my introduction to Delon and now I can't wait to watch more from him or the director Melville.
I convinced my mom to watch this with me and it was so worthy to see her reaction when she saw Alain Delon. She immediately remembered she had watched it before but somehow managed not to spoil it for me.
Only Dan Steven's eyes got me like Delon's.
Es como Drive pero viejita a vea jijiji
"The truth is not what you say. It is what I say."
This time around I realize how this is a very sad movie. I realized this when Jef Costello is offered a large sum of money. Now what could he possibly do with that?
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Delon does an excellent job as Jef. The lengths the police were going to in their pursuit of him distracted a bit (seriously, in all of Paris there's only one unsolved murder? because it sure looked like the entire police department chased him through the subway and lost him anyway) but even considering the seemingly excessive use of police resources, it was still a lovely suspenseful chase. (Chases get really boring for me if they're not well executed.)
The movie felt a bit like Killing of a Chinese Bookie, possibly because the focus is a little shifted from a usual noir, and because both give the viewer some sense of the feelings and attitudes of a man who is killing…
Cool and stylish as hell, score is to die for, and Alain Delon is great. It's a bit messy at times but overall really great and obviously very influential on crime films.
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All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1187. An easy way of seeing how…