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Quick-Thoughts: Jean-Pierre Melville’s Le Samouraï (1967)

Jean-Pierre Melville Binge Part II of IV 

Essentially Precautions During an Emergency 101 for an Assassin, directed by Jean-Pierre Melville. Didn’t expect Le Samouraï (The Samurai) to be a tutorial for how to handle being a suspect of your own killing, yet I suppose cinema can be a cynical tip-book sometimes. 

I got a handful of No Country For Old Men vibes out of Le Samouraï, and in a sense considering this film was made 40 years before The Coen Brothers’ suspense masterpiece, it makes me profoundly grateful for what this 1967 investigation thriller must’ve sprouted to the world of gripping heart-pumpers. Le Samouraï is a fertile technical design that uses all 105 minutes of its runtime to keep you on-edge. It’s indisputably ahead of its time!

Read into our main character, Jef Costello, by the way, if you have seen this classic already. In many cases, this movie did introduce the OG Travis-Bickle-type, loner character.

Pleasant score too. Snazzy. 

Verdict: A-

French New Wave Ranked

“Le Samouraï” is now available to stream on Vudu, YouTube, Amazon Prime, Google Play, iTunes, and The Criterion Channel.

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