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Le samouraï

Jean-Pierre Melville

 
Le samouraï (Criterion Blu-Ray)

14 Nov 2017

Blu-Ray

1 Disc

SRP: $39.95

Criterion Store price:$31.96

  • France
  • 1967
  • 105 minutes
  • Color
  • 1.85:1
  • French
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  • Spine #306

In a career-defining performance, Alain Delon plays Jef Costello, a contract killer with samurai instincts. After carrying out a flawlessly planned hit, Jef finds himself caught between a persistent police investigator and a ruthless employer, and not even his armor of fedora and trench coat can protect him. An elegantly stylized masterpiece of cool by maverick director Jean-Pierre Melville, Le samouraï is a razor-sharp cocktail of 1940s American gangster cinema and 1960s French pop culture—with a liberal dose of Japanese lone-warrior mythology.

Cast

Jef CostelloAlain Delon
SuperintendentFrançois Périer
Jane LagrangeNathalie Delon
Valérie, the pianistCathy Rosier
Man in the passagewayJacques Leroy
WienerMichel Boisrond

Disc Features

  • New high-definition digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • Interviews 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 Périer, 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
  • PLUS: An essay by film scholar David Thomson. The Blu-ray also features an appreciation by filmmaker John Woo and excerpts from Melville on Melville.

Film Essays

Le Samouraï: Death in White Gloves

By David Thomson October 24, 2005

Tone and style are everything with Le samouraï. Poised on the brink of absurdity, or a kind of attitudinizing male arrogance, Jean-Pierre Melville’s great film flirts with that macho extremism . . . Read more »

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Film Essays

Le Samouraï: Death in White Gloves

By David Thomson October 24, 2005

Tone and style are everything with Le samouraï. Poised on the brink of absurdity, or a kind of attitudinizing male arrogance, Jean-Pierre Melville’s great film flirts with that macho extremism . . . Read more »

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