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Le Samourai

Le Samourai

Director: Jean-Pierre Melville Cast: Alain Delon, Natalie Delon, Cathy Rosier

Blu-ray (Wide Screen / Subtitled)

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Long considered a classic of European film noir, this existential gangster drama from French director Jean-Pierre Melville was released in the United States only in a severely truncated, re-edited, and overdubbed version entitled The Godson. Thirty years after its initial public airing, Le Samourai (1967) finally saw a limited American release in its intended form. Alain Delon stars as Jef Costello, a professional Parisian assassin-for-hire who, by nature of his work's solitary demands, has no friends. Although he is loved by Jane Lagrange (Natalie Delon, the star's real-life wife), Costello knows that Jane already has a lover. After he successfully wipes out a nightclub owner at the behest of his boss, Costello discovers that he was seen by the club's pianist, Valerie (Cathy Rosier). Although he survives a police lineup thanks to a lie offered up by the fearless Valerie, Costello's alibi disintegrates rapidly and his shadowy employer takes out a contract on him. As he seeks revenge on his betrayer, Costello must also stay one step ahead of a wily, determined superintendent (Francois Perier). Melville's film influenced several other filmmakers and projects, most notably director John Woo's The Killer (1989).

Product Details

Release Date: 11/14/2017
UPC: 0715515206310
Original Release: 1967
Rating: NR
Source: Criterion
Region Code: A
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Time: 1:45:00
Sales rank: 58

Special Features

New high-definition digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack; Interviews from 2005 with Rui Nogueira, Editor of Melville on Melville, and Ginette Vincendeau author of Jean-Pierre Melville: An American in Paris; Archival Interviews with Melville and actors Alain Delon, François Perier, Nathalie Delon, and Cathy Rosier; Melville-Delon: D'honneur et de nuit (2011), a short documentary exploring the friendship between the Director and the actor and their iconic collaboration on this film; Trailer; Plus: An essay by film scholar David Thomson, an appreciation by Filmmaker John Woo, and excerpts from Melville on Melville

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Alain Delon Jeff Costello
Natalie Delon Jan Lagrange
Cathy Rosier Valerie
François Perier The Inspector
Michel Boisrond Wiener
Robert Favart Barman
Catherine Jourdan Hat-Check Girl
Roger Fradet 1st inspector
Carlo Nell 2nd inspector
Robert Rondo 3d inspector
André Thorent Policeman
Georges Casati Damolini
Jack E. Leonard Garcia
George H. Billy 2nd client in nightclub
Catalano Police inspector
Jacques Deschamps Police Clerk

Technical Credits
Jean-Pierre Melville Director,Screenwriter
Monique Bonnot Editor
Georges Casati Production Manager
Jean Charvein Cinematographer
Francois de Lamothe Production Designer
François de Roubaix Score Composer
Henri Decaë Cinematographer
Eugene Lepicier Producer
Yolande Maurette Editor

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Le Samourai 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
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Very influential film - see John Woo's comments in the DVD booklet. Delon's performance defines "cool" and the visuals are impressive, in this minimalist gangster thriller.
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