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Le Samouraï (1967) 4K Restoration

Opens on April 29

Director: Jean-Pierre Melville Run Time: 105 min. Rating: NR Release Year: 1967

Starring: Alain Delon, Cathy Rosier, François Périer, Michel Boisrond, Nathalie Delon

Country: France
Language: French with English subtitles

About the film:

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 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.”


Restored in 4K by Pathé and the Criterion Collection at L’Immagine Ritrovata from the 35 mm original camera negative.

About the filmmaker:

Jean-Pierre Melville is a French writer and director who found success as the first fully-independent filmmaker to achieve commercial and critical acclaim. Some of his known works include Le Doulos (1962), Le Samouraï (1967), Bob le flambeur (1956), and Le Cercle Rouge (1970). Melville was the 1961 winner at the Venice Film Festival and has also received two nominations for his work. His film Le Samourai (1967) received a nomination for best foreign film at the 1967 SIYAD Awards.

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