Genre Grandeur – LE SAMOURAI (1967) – Slipthrough


For this month’s next review for Genre Grandeur – Crime Films, here’s a review of LE SAMOURAI (1967) by Dan of Slipthrough Movies

Thanks again to Dan of Slipthrough Movies for choosing this month’s genre.

Next month’s Genre has been chosen by Drew of Drew’s Movie Reviews We will be reviewing our favorite Heist Movies.

Please get me your submissions by the 25th of March by sending them to  Try to think out of the box! Great choice Drew!

Let’s see what Dan thought of this movie:


0062229LE SAMOURAI (1967)

Fans of Quentin Tarantino and John Woo take notice. This Black & White French film paved the way for the crime genre, specifically the story of the hitman. Woo’s THE KILLER is heavily inspired by this monumental cult classic.


The story follows an experienced hired killer who has very specific methods. One night at a club, he hears a singer who changes his life. This isn’t a romance. This

is a traditional crime thriller.


Fans of cinematography will bathe in pure delight. The compositions are stellar, and the atmosphere is thick. Director, Jean-Pierre Melleville sets the stage perfectly and lets a scene breathe, often to create tension, but also to create life amongst the violence.


Performance-wise, the main actor is rather stoic and calm, and doesn’t need to speak much to get his point across. Ryan Gosling in DRIVE has a similar presence.


While a subtitled Black & White film may not sound all that exciting, movie nerds will enjoy the storytelling, character work, and style. This isn’t a movie snob type of deal, this is for fans of pulp fiction (the genre… okay, the film too).


One thought on “Genre Grandeur – LE SAMOURAI (1967) – Slipthrough

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