Le Samouraï

Le Samouraï ★★★★★

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Film #22: Le Samouraï (1967)

My first Melville, and what a triumph. A dazzling entry of French noir, with a superb Alain Delon performance and a visually glorious portrait of Paris' subway stations and nightclubs.

I won't hesitate to admit that I didn't even follow the entirety of the plot complexities, for the vibes were too entoxicating to focus on much else, but it can be attributed to Melville's strength as a director that you're still never lost in the story.

It's perfect from the first frame to the last, seductive and mesmerizing, a film that manages to achieve everything out of the bare minimum. There are few lines of dialogue, but those that are spoken are enchanting; there is no particular standout moment to keep you on the edge of your seat, but the sequence of events works so effortlessly suspenseful that it's a thrilling ride from beginning to end. Le Samouraï is a minimalist work, but comes out richer for it.

1967 Ranked

The Criterion Challenge 2021
Task #14: 1960s

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