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Le samouraï Reviews

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½ October 3, 2017
It's a very grey movie. Like literally, the color grey fills the screen in this movie. I wish it didn't look so depressing and dreary but nonetheless it was a great French noir film. I loved the chase scene at the end and how suspenseful parts of the movie felt.

I'd probably need to watch it again to get the full affect, but for now, great movie.
July 14, 2017
Le Samourai is a mesmerizing crime film. Melville's attention to procedural detail builds suspense, not boredom, and keeps you holding your breath until the brief outbursts of action. One of the greatest films ever made.
June 15, 2017
Jean-Pierre Melville's over-analyzed, highly suspenseful crime film landmark Le Samouraï contains one cool moment after another, with Alain Delon playing a criminal that you both cheer for and despise.
June 10, 2017
Bleak, well paced, minimal dialogue. Noir.
April 29, 2017
Beautifully shot, spare, and oh, so cool. Too cool, in fact, as its detachment mostly ices the suspense. Hugely influential; I bet De Niro, Mann, and Frankenheimer watched it a few dozen times before making Heat or Ronin.
½ April 10, 2017
This was a film that I was pleased to cross off the To-Watch Pile as part of the prep to listen to the Projection Booth Podcast cover both it and the unofficial re-make from the late '90s. The film follows methodical hitman as he tries to tie up loose ends after leaving a witness behind, which only starts to paint him into a an even smaller corner.

Very well-regarded and for good reason, give this one a look.

March 5, 2017
Yorgos Lanthimos rec
February 6, 2017
One of the greatest.
January 11, 2017
A superb action thriller. Set in an urban landscape. Alain Delon as Jef plays a perfect samurai warrior with a gun instead of a sword. And the police that chase after Jef Costello are ruthless to get the job done. It's a very well balanced thriller that engages you more and more as it goes along. Starting out rather slow and some might even say "boring," but like it's lead samurai, the movie is always one step ahead of you. Often surprising you when you least expect it to. it has a slow burn aspect that I really fell in love with during it's final act. I would watch it again in a heartbeat. As the movie is shown to be more charming than I might initially have thought. All in all, the movie is a fantastic work and does a great job world building to immerse you in something that fells very dangerous. 5 out of 5
½ October 4, 2016
Classic. Quintessential movie of it's genre. The Driver (1978), The Professional (1994), Ghost dog (1999), Drive (2011) - all of these movies came from this particular Mellvile's Masterpiece. Silent and speechless Delon is the archetype for many essential Hollywood characters.
June 4, 2016
April 30, 2016
This film would equate being a paid assassin with a Samurai, but the latter would never do the deed strictly for remuneration. That said, this was a good period film. France looked pretty rough in 1967, from the looks of this, but you can see the construction of what France looks like today. A bit of a time traveling journey, and we've seen Delon in this character before. 3 Stars - one of the 1001 Movies
½ April 23, 2016
Looking back, basically every Alain Delon's film looks just the same.
February 25, 2016
Very cool and very calculated. A riveting experience held up by Alain Delon's performance and Melville's attention to detail. A masterclass in noir-espionage film canon.
January 27, 2016
A mesmerazing film from the first shot, The use of lighting in this film it's like seeing a painter brush in motion, the pace is perfect, the tension gripping,. Melville proofs beyond all doubts that he was one of the greatest european directors of all times, altough his influence is seldom mentioned nowadays. This is one of the best examples of modern Film Noir, and Alain Delon shines (along with a very consistent cast) as one of the most cold blooded, unapologetic and smooth killers ever put to screen. Definitively a must see for any movie lover.
½ November 5, 2015
Boring movie. I like the tense feeling the film creates, but there wasn't much dialogue and the characters weren't deep. It was definitely not a memorable movie.
October 31, 2015
Le Samouraï is not a masterpiece because of its no-nonsense, economical, and stylish construction, all traits that can ultimately be found in any dimestore noir; it's a masterpiece because of its underlying sadness, its portrayal of quiet pain, and its commitment to calculated anxiety.

Alain Delon is perfect for this role, beautiful and mysterious and capable of communicating silent desperation with just intense stares and moments of silence, an unknowable and yet entirely universal embodiment of a human being cut off from human emotion. The bird in Jef's apartment serves as a security measure, but it also keeps him from killing himself, a physical presence that upsets his meticulous routines. Like the world of the film itself, he is not passionate, cool and calculating out of necessity but hopeless and depressed and without purpose beyond duty. When the world turns against him, he gives in without hesitation, and the tragedy of his ultimate demise is remarkable, succinct, and poignant in a way that makes Le Samouraï one of the absolutely best of its genre and of its medium as a whole.
Super Reviewer
½ October 17, 2015
What is so absorbing in this highly influential crime drama is how the methodical actions of its characters (most especially Delon's magnetic protagonist) reflect the surgical precision of the film itself, something also noticeable in its blue-grayish cinematography and stylish direction.
August 18, 2015
May 16, 2015
Hard to believe a film like this made traction in the revolutionary world of cinema circa-1967...but, yet here it is in all of it's minimalist glory. Jean-Pierre Melville "Father of the French New Wave" and director of 1967's Le Samourai wrote and directed this film, which stars Alain Delon as a hit man with the soul of a Ronin, Francois Perier as the lead detective, Nathalie Delon (wife of the actor) as an prostitute alibi, and model-turned-actress Caty Rosier as a reluctant witness. Melville, a true cineophile, crafted, what is arguably called his masterpiece, Le Samourai from the Hollywood film noir of the 1940s and 1950s. Future audiences of Le Samourai are strongly encouraged to view the Criterion version as it includes very useful extras, such as video interviews with Rui Nogueira, author of Melville on Melville, and Ginette Vincendeau, author of Jean-Pierre Melville: An American in Paris; and archival interviews with Melville and actors Alain Delon, François Périer, Nathalie Delon, and Cathy Rosier. The gangster story presented in the film is a potent vehicle for Melville to tell his story of lone-wolf masculinity clashing with a modern society who doesn't know how to handle it. Also, watch for the very thin strands of black humor throughout. Delon plays the title role ritualistic and stoic and fits Melville's style perfectly making Le Samourai the actor's crown jewel in a lifetime of film. At 105 minutes, the film feels longer, not because it is dull, but that it is so light on dialogue it feels like the end may come at any time; this deliberate minimalist approach may prove frustrating to some viewers. Recommended for students and lovers of 1960s in film, French New Wave, and foreign cinema in general.
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