Le Samouraï

thursday, september 29 at 7:30pm | regular admission prices

In a career-defining performance, Alain Delon plays Jef Costello, a contract killer with samurai instincts.

“A ravishing bauble. If you care about the possibilities of style, you won’t want to miss Le Samourai. Like nearly all of Melville’s work, it does what we expect movies to do: it takes us into a more magical world than our own.” – John Powers, Vogue

After carrying out a flawlessly planned hit, Jef finds himself caught between a persistent police investigator and a ruthless employer, and not even his slick armor of fedora and trench coat can protect him. An elegantly stylized masterpiece of cool by maverick director JeanPierre 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. (Dir. by Jean-Pierre Melville, 1967/1972 American release, France, in French with English subtitles, 101 mins., Not Rated)

Part of FILMS OF 1972: Celebrating 50 Golden Years of The Loft Cinema!