Complete list of the films Guillermo del Toro has recommended on twitter. Click the 'Read notes' button to see his…
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…
Went to see this at the movies IN PARIS today. Unreal.
Alain Delon'un bir "samuray" kadar yalnız ve soğuk karakteri oynamayıp adeta ete kemiğe büründürdüğü filmimizde Melville'in sinematografik açıdan kusursuz bir eser ortaya koyduğumuzu belirtmemiz lazım. Akıcı olan film, fazla diyalog içermemekte ama kendini rahatça ifade etmektedir. Filme hakim olan koyu renkler ve basık atmosfer, Costello iç dünyasının yansıması denilebilir. Özellikle final sahnesi, filmin adının neden "Le Samouraï" olduğunun cevabını veriyor.
Very stylish and very original. Liked it a lot.
I have become increasingly suspicious of movies in which the murderer is cool and the audience is led to pull for his or (less likely) her escape. When it's this well executed though, I can't help but sit back and enjoy it. Le Samourai is stylish and technically brilliant. The score is excellent, the narrative is compelling and appropriately tense, and the ending is great.
Regardless of which Melville film one considers his best -- I find "Les Enfants Terribles" to be his most accomplished -- one can't deny that this film best exemplifies the man as an auteur. Often imitated yet never equalled, this represents his purest vision; reducing the exposition and multiple characters to a minimum, and accentuating the ritualism and methodology inherent to his strange hybrid of American and French culture.
A Friedkin y a Winding Refn les gusta esto. A mí también. Más que la primera vez, incluso, pero tiene algo con lo que no termino de conectar. Si bien es cierto que en cuanto a forma es superior a cualquier cosa que Melville haya filmado hasta el momento, la historia no llega a esas cotas de cine que sí consigue, por ejemplo, en Le deuxième souffle.
Es impecable como se cuenta todo con imágenes, sí. Además del carismático Delon —lo mola todo y más—, escenas como el opening o la persecución en el metro son dignas de estudio, pero...
Algunos se escudan en su minimalismo. También Le silence de la mer emplea pocos elementos para narrar algo mucho más…
Alain Delon and his perfect no-expression face
A list of films I haven't seen........
I should be ashamed of myself.
This is what happens when your car breaks down on a Sunday morning and you have nothing else to do…