Le Samourai Movie Review 1967

Information and Film Reviews for Le Samourai the Movie

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Cold, precise professional killer Jef Costello (Delon) lives by his version of the code of the Japanese samurai. Hired to kill a nightclub owner, he establishes an alibi with the help of his lover Jane (Nathalie Delon, Alain's then-wife) and, unexpectedly, by Valerie (Rosier), the club's black piano-player. Jef finds Valerie's aid suspicious and begins to dig deeper, finding himself betrayed by his employers, and the subject of a police chase throughout Paris. The icy Delon was perfect for the anti-hero role and Melville's stylized filming heightens the tension and inevitable tragedy. A film much-admired, and copied, by contemporary filmmakers. French with subtitles.

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New Yorker Video, 16 W. 61st St., 11th Fl., New York, NY 10023, Phone: (212)645-4600, Toll-free: 800-447-0196, Fax: (212)645-3030, Email: info@newyorkerfilms.com, URL: http://www.newyorkerfilms.com

Available on VHS
Running time 95 minutes.
Originally from French.

Cast and Crew

Genres
Crime Drama, Hit Men/Women, Contemporary Noir, Paris, Femme Fatale, Nightclubs
Screenplay
Jean-Pierre Melville
Cast
Alain Delon, Francois Perier, Cathy Rosier, Nathalie Delon, Jacques Leroy, Jean-Pierre Posier
Cinematography
Henri Decae
Director
Jean-Pierre Melville
Music
Francois de Roubaix
Producer
Eugene Lepicier

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