Every film from Roger Ebert's "Great Movies" essays.
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…
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!
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…
That was almost a lethal dose of cool. The raincoat and hat clad hitman at the center of Le Samourai is a smooth talking, deliberately paced isolationist with a stone face and piercing eyes that are always looking towards his next contract hit. The hitman, Jef Costello, has all the qualities of a noir protagonist; quiet, brooding, smoking a cigarette, walking in the rain and living in the shadows. But this noir protagonist walks straight out of the 40's and into the 60's French New Wave film movement.
Jef is a man of straight edges. His sharp downturned eyebrows, the lines on his coat and the perpetually…
The most perfect distillation of Melville's Gallic American gangster films. Alain Delon is the perfect Melvillian hero: cool, handsome, icy, detached. He does what he does because that's what he's been ordered to do - until he has doubts... Le Samourai is filmed in a Paris that seems familiar yet is out of sorts. It's streets seem empty. It's people unresponsive. It's somewhat reminiscent of the sterile city in Godard's Alphaville. And Jef Costello (Delon) makes the error of displaying his humanity after so many contract killings. Melville here follows the Bresson doctrine of stripping his actors of all emotive gestures, but adds his own stamp in following the mythical, doomed, anti-hero to his final, stylish denouement. Stone cold classic.
Venía con expectativas de ver, posiblemente, una de las mejores películas de mi vida. Ya podrán observar como fue el resultado.
Le Samouraï, es una thriller policíaco único, porque tiene su belleza, su propio ritmo y sus distinguidos acontecimientos, pero que conmigo no logró demasiado. No sé si es que realmente no estaba preparado para verla, porque realmente me esperaba otra cosa.
Es de esas que quizá al volverla a ver dentro de un tiempo cambie de opinión, como me pasó con Taxi Driver y Days of Heaven.
"No hay soledad más profunda que la del samurái... salvo la de un tigre en la selva... tal vez".
Within a post film-noir era, and before the rise of the neo-noir sub genre, Jean Pierre Melville created Le Samouraï, highly regarded today as one of the great foreign masterpieces. Exciting, a visual spectacle and a film that is most surprisingly suave, Melville is able to to immerse his audience into his classic solely on the mystery of the protagonist and the absorbing cinematography, both of which are presented within the film's spectacular opening minutes.
Hitman Jef Costello is a perfectionist who never fails to complete each of his tasks to perfection. However, when he must dispose of a nightclub owner, he leaves behind a few too many clues that allows the police to suspect Costello may be behind the…
A cool French thriller about the different degrees of good and evil. Stone-cold assassin Jef Costello (he of the hat, trenchcoat, and permanent blank stare) kills a high profile man, yet the police cannot nail down an arrest.
Costello is a modern-day Ronin, a lone samurai with no true friends, save two women who help him retain his freedom. Jef is not unlikable, though he is no hero either: he simply is. Jef exists to do complete the task at which he is so uniquely skilled, and his life and job are not at all glamorous.
After the initial investigation, the plot turns into a manhunt through the subways of France. He is pursued by his contractor, AND the police…
I am without words. That was one of the best crime films I've ever seen.
Jeff Costello is the original silent hitman badass. Before Drive, before The Killer, there was this masterpiece of crime cinema. I'm definetely gonna watch Melville's filmography.
I'd heard about this film for years, so I was happy to finally get into it - and it didn't disappoint. Utterly fantastic, effortlessly cool with some great moments and a captivating if despicable protagonist.
A terrific film that delivers everything a thriller should, and much more.
Alain Delon is sublime as the suave hit-man Jef Costello, dressed to kill in the classic trench coat and hat.
The limited colours, the sprawling silence, the limited dialogue, the code of a lonely samurai, the bird, the downfall of love, the suspense, the ending - all brilliant.
A real classic.
Ovaj film je poslužio Džonu Vuu kao inspiracija za THE KILLER (1989).
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