Le Samourai (The Criterion Collection)
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Top Customer Reviews
I love the way he looks at the bird for clues as to what has transpired in his apartment...this is some of the subtlest and best acting you'll ever see. It's a work of art.
The sepia and dark grey tones of the cinematography are exquisite. Everything looks damp, cold, and hard, and the editing is dazzling. This is a brilliant film from every aspect. If you like noir thrillers, don't miss it.
The contrasts within Jef and his environment sharply emerge in the lengthy initial scene where he rests on a bed while staring into the ceiling. Not much is in motion besides him lighting a cigarette, a canary singing in a cage, and cigarette smoke lingering in midair while the sounds of vehicles passing outside informs the audience about the continuance of existence outside. A sparsely furnished and decorated room with aged and peeling wallpaper demonstrates his humbleness, as he pays no attention to vanity or self-importance. Thoughtfully, perhaps, most likely, Jef might be seeking the greater meaning in life.Read more ›
Unexplainably, Jean Pierre Melville is a relatively not so well known in this side of the Atlantic. He possessed that sixth sense so demanded in an original filmmaker. He influenced and at the meantime was influenced by the Noir genre in the sixties.
But his whole work conforms one of the most astonishing personalities in the French Cinema as well as in the World.
From his first Opus; the wonderful, poetic and expressive film "The silence of the sea", passing by "Bob le flambeur" or his famous "Army of shadows", Melville has received a curious and cynical nickname: "The most famous French Director in USA and the most North American filmmaker in France."
Go for this singular and original film. Absolutely electrifying!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It is sort of cool that the sub-titles fly by so fast you may not be able to read them, the cool part is that it is like the rest of the movie, a smokey jazz filled intrigue... Read morePublished 1 month ago by One with Guy
This story has influenced a list of directors and the restoration is a beautiful example of what can happen as oppose to what has happened? Read morePublished 5 months ago by Ishmael
Melville and Delon: two creative talents made for each other. A great film. Delon's unresponsive face, his blank staring eyes, are bits of great, subtle acting. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Kindle Customer
I thought it would have English sub-titles and it does not so it is useless to me.Published 13 months ago by L. Hebert
Where have you been? Love this movie. I saw this long time ago. I forgot how much I like this movie. Give it a shot..Published 16 months ago by Frank Barron
Everyone who loses their s*** over movies like Drive need to watch this and pay respect to the source.Published 17 months ago by Daniel Scalph
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