Kick-Back Friday: #133
Le Samourai (1967): High on Jean-Pierre Melville.
Jef Costello (a very young Alain Delon) is a chic, icy hit man who finds himself caught between the police and his employer. Melville swings his emphasis from character analysis to cat-and-mouse thriller and abruptly back again, but the incessant tweeting of Costello’s pet bird provides a plaintive thread of continuity.
The deliberate shabbiness of Costello’s cold-water flat, which contrasts nicely with his sartorial precision, is highly reminiscent of the house interior where an informant is murdered in Melville’s Army of Shadows; but a quick check reveals the work of 2 different designers. Conclusion: The stylized delapidation is all Melville.