Le samouraï

DVD - 2017

Jef Costello is a fedora and trench-coat wearing contract killer with samurai instincts. When Jef assassinates a nighclub owner, he finds himself confronted by a series of witnesses, who drop his perfect world into the hands of a persistent police investigator and Jef's shadowy employer, both of whom are determined to put an end to the career criminal.

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Gangster films
Feature films
Video recordings for the hearing impaired
Irvington, NY : Criterion Collection [2017]
Other Authors
Jean-Pierre Melville, 1917-1973 (film director), George Pellegrin (screenwriter), R. (Raymond) Borderie, 1897-1982 (film producer), Eugène Lépicier (actor), Alain Delon, 1935- (interviewee), François Périer (-), Nathalie Delon, 1941-2021, Cathy Rosier, Michel Boisrond, 1921-2002, Rui Nogueira, 1938-, Ginette Vincendeau, 1948-, Joan Thornton
Item Description
Originally released as a motion picture in 1967.
Based on the novel "The Ronin" by Joan McLeod.
Special features: new video interviews with Jean-Pierre Melville, historians Rui Nogueira and Ginette Vincendeau; collection of excerpts from archival interviews with Melville and actors Alain Delon, Cathy Rosier, Nathalie Delon and François Périer ; theatrical trailer.
Physical Description
1 videodisc (105 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
Region 1, widescreen (1.85:1) presentation; Dolby Digital mono.
MPAA rating: Not rated.
Production Credits
Director of photography, Henri Decaë ; editors, Monique Bennot, Yo Maurette ; music, François De Lamothe.
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Review by Library Journal Review

Jean-Pierre Melville's stylish and intriguing film noir, albeit a tad overrated, stars coolly detached French matinee idol Alain Delon (Purple Noon) as Jef Costello, a lone-wolf hit man betrayed by his newest employer. Engaged in a methodical game of cat and mouse with the police inspector out to blow a hole in his alibi, Costello returns to the scene of his last crime for a suitably fatalistic climax. With its title referencing the traditional Japanese code of honor, the film allows Jef a sense of dignity even if his profession disallows it. Digitally gussied up and extras-laden. (Trailers, LJ 10/1/17) © Copyright 2018. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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