Saturday, April 28, 2012

Le Samouraï (1967)

Director: Jean-Pierre Melville. Cast: Alain Delon, Nathalie Delon, François Périer. 105 min. Rated PG. France/Italy. Crime/Drama.

Delon plays a hitman with a heart, who is witnessed by a lounge singer during one of his hits, and then double-crossed by the people who hired him. It's a film that will make you long for the good old days, when movies were character-driven and meditative, when you weren't constantly being bombarded by fast editing and special effects, when you had time to absorb the scenes and pay attention to detail. Another Frenchman's more recent The Profesional/Leon (1994) must have definitely been inspired by this, and if I hadn't seen the latter first, I'd have given this a Mojo.

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