Le Samourai (1967) is not a fast-paced thriller or action packed but a slow-moving and meticulous yet remains an interesting film. The film follows Jeff Costello a ice-cold yet cool hitman (a role Alain Delon plays with his eyes closed) who commits a hit in a club but is spotted by a singer on top of that his employers attempt to kill him rather than pay him. The story sounds rather like formulaic hitman tale but the story is not so important for Melville it is more about the quiet and calm life of this loner whose fate is sealed. Melville also provides some pop-art imagery that feels subtle rather than forced. This is one of those rare exceptions where I am willing to except more style than story due to the fact that Melville doesn't try to be slow-paced in a pretentious manner but because he wants to concentrate on the small actions of his character. Apparently this film influenced John Woo's The Killer (1989) I hate to mention both films in the same breath as Le Samourai is elegant, cool and intelligent while The Killer is an idiotic and pretentious kid's gun fantasy. There are a few DVD editions available but I love this French release which has English subtitles and brilliant transfer and boasts a beautiful front cover pictured.