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Le Samourai

  • NR
  • DVD
  • 1 disc
  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • When a stoic, icily professional assassin is witnessed leaving the scene of a nightclub "hit" by a barroom pianist who doesn't let on to the cops, he discovers that he's being set up for something worse than jail. New wave noir from Melville, the tough-guy darling of the "Cahiers du Cinema" crowd. Based on the novel "The Ronin" by Joan McLeod.
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): SAM150

  • Credits
    Alain Delon, Nathalie Delon, Francois Perier, Franois Prier, Jacques Leroy, Michel Boisrond, Caty Rosier
  • Critic Reviews
    "...An austere poem of crime, a fatalistic exercise in myth-making and transcendent style..."
    Los Angeles Times

    "...The film is masterful in its control of acting and visual style....LE SAMOURAI is as finished and polished as a film can be..."
    Chicago Sun-Times

    4 stars out of 5 -- "With minimal amounts of violence but maximum style....Simply, the coolest film ever."
    Rolling Stone

    "Melville's 1968 masterpiece....Minimal dialogue, a spare and moody jazz score and images drained of any color warmer than blue steel contribute to an overwhelming sense of repression and control."
    New York Times

    4 stars out of 4 -- "[I]t's a nigh perfectly constructed film, and its finale remains one of the most stunning yet enigmatic twists ever committed to celluloid."

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