Le Samouraï

Le Samouraï ★★★★★

"Nothing to say?"
"Not with a gun on me."
"Is that a principle?"
"A habit."

Jean-Pierre Melville takes a Hollywood crime thriller and takes away many of the genre's most distinctive qualities: the action set-pieces, dialog, and colors in Le Samourai are all diminished and sometimes outright eliminated. Melville strips away all extraneous elements, leaving only character and narrative, and allowing him to tell a tale that is enormously compelling and unspeakably cool.