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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…
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…
John Woo cites this as his favorite film and it is easy to see its influence on him as a filmmaker. It feels just like a Woo movie if the action was replaced with much more drawn out tension. The titular assassin Jef is a man who lives by habits. When trouble finds him, he does everything to get out. Le Samourai is a great example of how much the buildup to action is important and may even be more important than the action itself. With each scene, each line of dialogue, the pressure is built up. It seems that every film made after Le Samourai has been a least a bit influenced by the film. From the shots to…
Procedure and cool, loneliness and destruction.
Second viewing just skyrocketed my rating. Can't really (yet) put into words why I think it's a masterpiece. But it's simply devastating, with a performance—no, an embodiment, by Alain Delon that is, to me, as iconic as anything in all of cinema. Caged bird singing; empty revolver; white gloves; enveloping plumes of smoke. This film is cold, hard perfection.
There is always an inherent risk in constructing a story with minimal dialogue. It can create confusion. It can be boring. It can be slow. But the payoff can be undeniably grand. Le Samourai does an incredible job of telling a simple yet elegant story in which the protagonist rarely speaks. Rather than relying on heavy exposition to develop characters and introduce a premise, this film smartly creates intrigue with its stylish camerawork and excellent soundtrack. Able to capture attention with its alluring premise and unpredictability, Le Samurai utilizes impeccable pacing that is incredibly steady and consistent throughout the film. And the few strings of dialogue this film does offer, especially during the introduction, are able to provide just enough…
Brilliant crime noir here with the perfect approach of just allowing the viewer to observe our lead character in Alain Delon in long stretches, creating a very natural mood and building tension throughout the running time in expert fashion. One of the Sydney newspapers made a big deal out of this film being re-released on fresh prints, so I decided I should check it out, having never heard of the film, its star or director. But I was so glad I did. It's an engaging cat and mouse film, with an observational character study of Delon's hitman and with some great moments of suspense. Paris in this period is beautifully photographed giving the film a very earthy, gritty feel.
alain delon is sexy enough that this didn't have to be good, but it was anyway
A good little assassin film from the late 60's. I read somewhere on Twitter that this was someone's favourite film. So, I thought I would check it out. I like films about hitmen.
Unfortunately, I found most of it to be a bit slow. It is still worth a look, but the pacing and interest was off for me.
Moody and very French neo-noir from the French New Wave. I loved it.
The slickest, coolest and most entertaining French Samurai movie I have ever seen. What I loved most about The Samurai was how minimalist it was. From the opening scene where the only colors we get are black and grey we meet our solidary lead character and we know all we need to know about him. Why waste time talking, killing someone is so much easier. When watching innovative movies from nearly half a century ago you sometimes run into the problem where they don't feel fresh and original because some many directors have copied its work. That doesn't happen with The Samurai, you can definitely see its influences, but its just too god damn cool not to enjoy.
Recently, I've become aware that certain films are able to transcend the medium by being completely self-assured in their atmospheres…