Le Samouraï

Le Samouraï

“There is no greater solitude than that of the samurai, unless it is that of the tiger in the jungle… perhaps…” Jean-Pierre Melville’s masterpiece Le Samouraï begins with a quote from Bushido, the code of the samurai. Alain Delon portrays Jef Costello, a lone hit man armored in his signature trench coat and fedora, living in seemingly lifeless, gloomy surroundings. When a hit on a nightclub owner goes wrong, Costello’s quiet, desolate world is interrupted by ominous variables. 

DIRECTED/WRITTEN BY: Jean-Pierre Melville. WITH: Alain Delon, François Périer, Nathalie Delon. 1967. 101 min. France/Italy. Color. French. 35mm. Print courtesy of The Institut Français.

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