Le samouraï (The Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray]

In a career-defining performance, Alain Delon plays Jef Costello, a contract killer
with samurai instincts. After carrying out a flawlessly planned hit, Jef 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 samourai is a razor-sharp cocktail of 1940s American gangster cinema and 1960s French pop culture with a liberal dose of Japanese lone-warrior mythology.

– New high-definition digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack
– Interviews with Rui Nogueira, editor of Melville on Melville, and Ginette Vincendeau, author of Jean-Pierre Melville: An American in Paris
– Archival interviews with Melville and actors Alain Delon, François Perier, Nathalie Delon, and Cathy Rosier
– Melville-Delon: D’Honneur et de nuit (2011), a short documentary exploring the friendship between the director and the actor and their iconic collaboration on this film
– Trailer – PLUS: An essay by film scholar David Thomson, an appreciation by filmmaker John Woo, and excerpts from Melville on Melville

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  1. One of the best films I have ever seen In elegant yet dreary 1960s Paris, Jef Costello (portrayed by Alain Delon) lives a life of solitude as a ronin and car thief who lives alone in a shabby apartment with a pet wren. He is unflinching in his killings as well as taciturn, calm, handsome, slick and an expert at hand-to-hand combat and firearms. As he carries out hits for organized crime, he may have made some mistakes, including letting the comely jazz performer Valérie (Cathy Rosier) who may be a police witness live. She…

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