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Le samourai

Spine #306



Release:
Nov 14, 2017
$39.95

Number of Discs: 1

Specs
  • 1.85:1 Widescreen
  • French PCM Mono
  • English subtitles

Le samourai

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Directed By: Jean-Pierre Melville
Licensor: Editions Rene Chateau
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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.

Supplements
  • New video interviews with Rui Nogueria, author of Melville on Melville, and Ginette Vincendeau, author of Jean-Pierre Melville: An American in Paris
  • Archival interviews with Melville and actors Alain Delon, Francois 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
  • An essay by film scholar David Thomson, plus an appreciation by filmmaker John Woo and excerpts from Melville on Melville

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