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Le Samouraï (rewatch)

Posted by martinteller on May 27, 2006

Last time I saw this, I said it was “Good, but not especially remarkable”.  A few years can make a difference.  And so does a nice DVD transfer.  Sharp picture and the original aspect ratio really help bring Melville’s sense of style to life.  I actually remembered the film as black & white, which could either be my lousy memory or the crummy VHS tape I watched it on.  The color scheme is quite muted (but lovely) though, so maybe that’s it.

I’m a bit on the fence about the movie.  In a lot of ways it’s incredibly compelling… the crooked tactics of the police, the poetic atmosphere and almost leisurely attitude, and of course Delon’s icy portrayal.  Still, I don’t think it’s as great as it’s often hyped up to be.  Of course, I’m not as easily impressed by cool, stylish gangsters as John Woo or Quentin Tarantino (or most of the internet).  Rating: 8 


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