Cinéma de Melville: Le samouraï (1967)

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Melville wrote the script for Le samouraï with Alain Delon in mind and personally delivered the script at his house. When Delon read it and noticed he had no dialogue for the first ten minutes of the film he immediately agreed to the part. He then proceeded to show Melville a room in his villa that was empty except for a single samurai sword mounted on the wall. The two got along very well after that and made three films together. But the Bushido-loving duo never bettered this breathtaking piece of understated yet stylized cinema. A tantalizing masterclass in ‘less is more’ and how to dress yourself properly. This film is spoken in French with English subtitles.

Regie: Jean-Pierre Melville

Cast: Alain Delon, François Périer, Nathalie Delon


Drama, Misdaad

Land: France

Speelduur: 105 minuten

Taal: French

Ondertiteling: English


In a career-defining performance, Alain Delon plays a contract killer with samurai instincts. He is hired to kill the owner of a club and becomes the prime suspect of the murder. Even with an alibi, he is still chased by the police and betrayed by the gangsters sent by the one that hired him. His efforts to prove himself innocent fail more and more as he gets driven into a corner.