Film Series : Jean-Pierre Melville: Criminal Codes

Le Samouraï

1967, Jean-Pierre Melville, France, 101 min. With Alain Delon, Nathalie Delon.

Show Times

  • Fri, Jun 23rd 6:00pm
  • Sat, Jun 24th 3:00pm

"**** Masterful in its control of acting and visual style...The movie teaches us how action is the enemy of suspense — how action releases tension, instead of building it." — Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

Widely considered Melville's masterpiece, this austere thriller has been a major influence on films by Quentin Tarantino (RESERVOIR DOGS), John Woo (THE KILLER), Luc Besson (THE PROFESSIONAL), Wong Kar-Wai (FALLEN ANGELS), and Jim Jarmusch (GHOST DOG). Beautiful, icy Alain Delon stars as a monk-like hit man double-crossed by his employers. The heart of this haunting film is its scrupulous observation of the day-to-day details of the killer’s lonely existence. Archival 35mm print courtesy of the Institut Français. (MR)

Buy a ticket at our regular prices for the first Melville film on any Saturday this month, and get a ticket for the second Melville film that day at the discounted rate with proof of your original purchase: General Admission $7; Students $5; Members $4. (This discount rate applies to the second feature only. Discount available in person at the box office only.)

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