- Jean-Pierre Melville
- Alain Delon, Nathalie Delon
The grandfather of almost every contract killer flick since, Jean-Pierre Melville’s noir masterpiece outshines its progeny with its time-bomb pacing and precise styling. Alain Delon, in trenchcoat and fedora, plays an emotionless killer on the pitiless streets of 60s Paris in this classic tale. “A razor-sharp cocktail of 1940s American gangster cinema and 1960s French pop culture—with a liberal dose of Japanese lone-warrior mythology—maverick director Jean-Pierre Melville’s masterpiece Le Samourai defines cool.” (Janus Films) A favorite film of directors as diverse as Fassbinder and John Woo, who calls this “the closest thing to a perfect movie I have ever seen.” Jim Jarmusch paid homage to the film with his Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samourai.
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