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Posted by on Sep 10, 2010 in Kick-Back Friday

Kick-Back Friday: #133

Kick-Back Friday: #133

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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.

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A native East Tennessean, Barbara Martin is a formerly practicing, board-certified neurologist who received her BS (psychology, summa cum laude) and MD from Duke University before completing her postgraduate training (internship, residency, fellowship) at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. She has worked in academia, private practice, medical publishing, drug market research, and continuing medical education (CME). For the last 3 years, she has worked in a freelance capacity as a medical writer, analyst, and consultant. Follow Dr. Barbara Martin on and Twitter.