Tue, 12 July 2016
"He's a lone wolf."
"He's a wounded wolf; now there will be a trail. He must be disposed of quickly."
French director Jean-Pierre Melville may not be known to modern audiences, but in France in the 1960's he was a true popular and independent filmmaker, two things that could paradoxically spell success for a director at that time and place.
"Le samourai" (1967) features nary a samurai (nor anything else Japanese, for that matter). It's about a hitman named Jef who finds himself the target of a client after completing a job for him. A thriller with obvious neorealist influences, it's a tight portrait of a lonely professional with bare necessities...and a twist ending!
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