A list of Edgar Wright's favorite 1000 Movies per his list on Mubi on July 27th, 2016.
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…
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…
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…
I would almost call this the perfect film. The only thing holding it back is the fight scenes. They aren't the least bit convincing, but fortunately they are few and far between. It's a perfectly paced, stylish God's lonely man film that will stay with you, and invites revisiting either on the screen or in your head with it's openness in determining what our hero was thinking. The score works perfectly, the camera-work (barring the aforementioned action scenes) is tight and leaves nothing else to be desired, and the acting is great. I'm also glad to say that the two female supporting characters are never ONCE annoying. Melville shows just enough so that you sympathize with their situations, but doesn't…
Un Freddo Killer gira per la citta schiacciato Tra polizia e Datori di lavoro. Questo Classico Noir (o Beige?) ha una buona atmosfera, regia pulita che da ampi respiri alle scene e crea un Buon ritmo, non troppo lento e non troppo veloce, con pochi dialoghi e silenzi che lasciano parlare l'azione. Un protagonista in gabbia, Prigioniero in se stesso, nella sua vita, tra impermiabile e cappello, che gioca ad un gioco pericoloso convinto di non perdere mai, e ovviamente pagherà quest'arroganza con un buon finale. Il film da molti ritenuto perfetto secondo me è innamorato troppo del suo fascinoso protagonista, lo venera come divinità e lo celebra senza apparente motivo risultando piu concentrato nel creare un icona che un'interessante narrativa.
Why is this any good in the first place? Did I miss anything?
I love this movie!
Gerardo: I saw you liked the Conformist.
Me: Yeah it was freaking great!
Gerardo: You'll have to watch Le Samourai next. It's a classic of fedora-tipping.
Me: You know I don't actually own a fedora?
Gerardo: I'm very surprised.
What can I say that has not been said before? Perfection. One of the best endings in all of noir.
The movie like the protagonist, accomplishes it's work flawlessly, making us follow him without ever knowing what's on his mind, leaving his lonliness undisturbed.
The inspiration for many of today's silent killers (especially the driver in Drive), Alain Delon's cool, calculated, and precise performance as the assassin Jef Costello is one of the best performances I have seen in a long time. Delon brings the man to life, but the writing from Jean-Pierre Melville and Georges Pellegrin is terrific as they craft this silent, yet wholly expressive and human character that just happens to be an assassin.
Even better, Melville's direction is tremendous. Willing to take his time developing the characters and the plot, the film is in no hurry to reveal too much and always keeps its audience slightly in the dark, yet all-knowing at the same time, similar to police in the…
Delon and Melville. Nothing more, nothing less. Brilliant.
innovative means of cinematic meditation and,
thus, freshly developed processes of perception.
inspired by Michelle Arf's 'New Ideas for Film'…