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Le Samourai (1967)An undeniably cool movie with Alain Delon as a serene professional hit man in swinging sixties Paris. He is methodical and professional but is witnessed leaving a crime scene by an ultra chic night club singer.

The film follows Delon as he tries to escape from the contractors that want to kill him and the police who want to arrest him. Jean-Pierre Melville directs with subtlety and mastery. It's easy to see why this movie has inspired so many imitations. This is an austere film with sparse dialogue, stark cinematography, and composed editing. The actors are beautiful, the sets and costumes are stylish, and the ending is the coolest.

Melville and Delon also join forces in Le Cercle Rouge, which is also great.

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Posted on May 22, 2006

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