Le Samouraï

Le Samouraï ★★★★½

Jean-Pierre Melville's Le Samouraï is an incredible example of restraint and visual storytelling. Alain Delon's Jef Costello - a hardened hitman who finds himself under police investigation - is the definition of cool and reserved, yet he, Melville, and cinematographer Henri Decaë are able to convey so much without much dialogue at all. The long, quiet stretches of procedure are reminiscent of the central set-piece in Jules Dassin's Rififi, and are just as effective. Despite being light on plot, Le Samouraï is heavy on mood.