Le Samouraï

Le Samouraï ★★★★½

This is the essence of cool. 60's French chic personified.

Typically Melville and entirely engrossing, Le Samouraï breathes Parisian style for it's 105 minute runtime. The direction is so clean here, with a level of detail in the movement of it all that made me feel like I was watching a musical performance. A ballet with guns. Gangsters in tap shoes. And hats.

The soundtrack is almost invisible on first listen but when you catch it, the tones are just right to build the tension, support the dramatic events and embrace the love.

Man, this is good. The entire cast do a convincing job throughout but special mention goes to Alain and Nathalie Delon, husband and wife who were sensationally good in this. Their screen chemistry was clearly real and entirely convincing.

Nathalie Delon died yesterday at 79 after a short fight with cancer. One of French cinema's bright lights, she will live on in Le Samouraï. RIP girl.

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