Milez Das’s review published on Letterboxd:
What is the definition of Cool and Stylish?
Le Samourai and Jeff Costello.
One of the best stylish movie ever made.
A professional hitman who has been the best in his field is seen by witnesses after killing the night club owner. He is now being driven into corner by the Cops and the people who hired him to kill.
This movie doesn't have too much unnecessary dialogues. They are discreet and used perfectly. There is not even a word till nine minutes in the movie.
I liked how Jean Pierre Melville used editing in this film. One of the scene I want to point out when two men are trying to get in Costello's apartment Melville used a unique way of showing the scene. He first showed the man using key to unlock the door, then the door from inside, the bird in the cage and finally the man walking outside in the corridor. This scene was in loop until the door was unlocked.
The characterization of this movie was excellent. Everything was discreet and in mystery. We don't even have a slightest of a clue what was going to happen at the end.
"..Why Jeff?" "Because I am paid to.."