All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1167. An easy way of seeing how…
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…
"I never lose."
Seems like every Jean-Pierre Melville film I've seen features an army of interchangeable tall Frenchmen with dark, broad-shouldered suits and coats and matching hats getting into trouble in one way or another. Men (and women) fated to be undone by their own humanity -- sentimentality, trust, addiction -- despite the practiced perfection of their crimes. His characters clearly take care in their self-presentation, but their sense of individuality is left to action, ideology, and fate, rather than to what's on the surface.
Of the JPM films I've seen, Le Samouraï makes the most explicit case for this anonymity. After Jef Costello, a sleek, self-isolating hired gun, kills the owner of a nightclub, the police round up every…
What I Learned:
When I throw my gun into the river, toss my jacket and hat in too
French Noir: ★★★★★
perfect genre film
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
For my money, everything about "Le Samourai" is perfect. The tone of the film is set right away, when we're given an opening scene with no dialogue and we're simply forced to sit and view the actions of Jef. As he leaves his apartment, the soles of his shoes clicking and clacking against the floor are enough to make you relax and simply enjoy the ride from the word go. I like how Jef is given a very limited amount of dialogue throughout the film, as he's meant to be a cold blooded, calculated person, who is really never given any human emotion. Despite that fact, the film doesn't work unless we're on Jef's side and you can't help but…
Cited as one of the key influences behind the likes of Walter Hill's The Driver, John Woo's The Killer and one of my top 5 films of all-time; Nicolas Winding Refn's Drive, I knew I had to seek out Le Samourai immediately and it most certainly did not disappoint whatsoever.
What more can be said, that hasn't already been said about this piece of cinematic brilliance? Beautifully simple yet unequivocally ice cold, Jean-Pierre Melville's Le Samourai is not only an excellent example of a true masterpiece, but a timeless classic.
The kind of film that will just get better and better the more I watch it.
Just oozes style.
Costello should work on his disguises though.
This is one of my all time favorite films. I will keep my review brief instead of ranting on and on singing this films praises. Le Samourai is the quintessential hitman movie. Alain Delon plays Jef Costello with such poise and cool that I consider him to be the French Steve McQueen. The directive style is minimalism with expositions of action. Melville is my favorite French director (sorry Godard and Trauffaut).
In the French New wave there was this "Style = Substance" mentality. It worked for many of the films and helped to redefine the rules of cinema. While at times this theory sparked creativity and radicalism, at other times it fragmented any narrative to the point of banality and…
For many cinephiles—among them John Woo and Johnnie To—this is the quintessential Jean-Pierre Melville film. Alain Delon plays a hitman who lives by a private code inspired by that of the samurai: he says little, requires few possessions, and acts in precise, deliberate gestures. In a sense, he is the ideal hero for this famously eccentric filmmaker, who based his career on whittling down the crime film into a minimal, personal form. As Roger Ebert wrote in his “Great Movies” review: “The elements of the film... are as familiar as the movies themselves. Melville loved 1930s Hollywood crime movies and in his own work helped to develop modern film noir. There is nothing absolutely original in LE SAMOURAI except for…
Recently, I've become aware that certain films are able to transcend the medium by being completely self-assured in their atmospheres…