Le Samouraï (4k Restoration)
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In a career-defining performance, cinema icon Alain Delon plays Jef Costello, a contract killer with samurai instincts. After carrying out a flawlessly planned hit, Jef quickly 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.

Le Samouraï is directed by acclaimed French filmmaker Jean-Pierre Melville, his 10th feature film at the time before making Army of Shadows. From a screenplay by Jean-Pierre Melville and Georges Pellegrin, based on the novel "The Ronin" by Joan McLeod. The film first opened in French cinemas in the fall of 1967, but didn't show up in the US until 1972 a few years later. Its influence can be seen in the work of renowned film-makers like John Woo and Jim Jarmush, and directly in recent releases such as Drive and The Killer. Janus Films will re-release Melville's Le Samouraï 4K restoration in select US theaters in 2024, giving audiences the chance to appreciate this enduringly impactful film on the big screen.

Roger Ebert wrote a 4 star review in 1997, stating: "The movie teaches us how action is the enemy of suspense--how action releases tension, instead of building it. Better to wait for a whole movie for something to happen (assuming we really care whether it happens) than to sit through a film where things we don't care about are happening constantly."


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