Recently watched this epic, gangster french noir, le samouraï (the samurai) (1967) by french filmmaker jean-pierre melville, one of the key figures of the french new wave movement.
the film tells the story of jef costello, a lone-silent hitman who possesses unique skills/instincts, which is similar to that of a samurai's. at the beginning of the film, he is hired by a syndicate to perform a hit on a night club owner. but when he performs the the task he's hired to do, it only gets him in even more danger than he had expected.
now this was a really awesome film. definitely a true film noir avant garde. from the editing style to the characters to its excellent & dark cinematography and lighting, jean-pierre melville truly brought to us, in 1967, a very vivid and melancholic tale using only action to release tension and character to build suspension. thus creating the very intensity and silent mood & style that we all enjoy and appreciate in every film noir tale ever told on screen.
also, when i saw the word "samurai," my attention was immediately drawn. i'm a big samurai fan! what i liked about this film is that even though there's no sword fights or actual samurai soldiers, nor is it even japanese, it's key character, jef costello, is a every bit a samurai through the code he closely follows; and, the skills and instincts he acts upon that help keep him alive and aid him in his darkest hours.