Afs Presents: Le Samourai

Afs Presents: Le Samourai
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Screens Friday April 3 at 7pm

LE SAMOURAI
D. Jean-Pierre Melville, France, 1967, 35mm, 105 min.

Icy-eyed Alain Delon stars as a solitary hitman, obsessed with perfection, who finds himself on the run in Paris. In LE SAMOURAI, Jean-Pierre Melville finds the existential core in American gangster film models and makes it wholly, unforgettably Gallic. This is the defining Alain Delon performance, he barely lets a flicker of emotion through but manages to convey the hired killer's state of urgency as his world begins to close in on him. Melville sketches the milieu with great precision and immerses us in Delon's ascetic code of living. He is indeed much like a samurai as he copes with the breakdown of his own inner order. LE SAMOURAI has proven to be one of the most resonant and enduring French crimes of all time and has influenced many subsequent crime films.

Part of the series:

PERFECT CRIMINALS: THE '70s FRENCH NOIR CONNECTION
In association with Drafthouse Films, AFS presents a series of some of the best French crime films of the '70s. This was the era of Jean-Paul Belmondo and Alain Delon, of souped up Citroens and quayside holdups in Marseilles. We are proud to present films from Jean-Pierre Melville (of course) and also his talented peers Claude Sautet and Henri Verneuil.

This series is presented in conjunction with Drafthouse Films to celebrate the release of THE CONNECTION.

See here for the trailer and updates about THE CONNECTION: http://drafthousefilms.com/film/the-connection
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By: Austin Film Society