Le Samouraï

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[Place of publication unknown] : Janus Films, [2017].
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1 videodisc (105 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in + 1 booklet (1 volume unpaged : color illustrations ; 19 cm).


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[Place of publication unknown] : Janus Films, [2017].


General Note
DVD special edition features: New high-definition digital restoration; Interviews from 2005 with Rui Nogueira, editor of Melville on Melville, and Ginette Vincendau, author of Jean-Pierre Melville: an American in Paris; Archival interviews with Melville and actors Alain Delon, François Périer, Nathalie Delon and Cathy Rosier; Melville-Delon: D'honneur et de nuit (2011), a short documentary exploring the friendship between the director and the actor and their iconic collaboration on this film; Trailer; Plus: an essay by film scholar David Thomson, an appreciation by filmmaker John Woo, and exerpts from Melville on Melville.
Creation/Production Credits
Producers, Raymond Borderie ; Eugene Lepicier ; director, script, Jean-Pierre Melville ; photography, Henri Decae ; music, Francois De Roubaix.
Alain Delon, Francois Perier, Nathalie Delon, Cathy Rosier, Michel Boisrond.
A hired killer in a state of virtual living death goes about his business in a muted Paris, a city of shadows, only to fatally admit emotion (the love of a woman) into his life. His actions are analogous to hara-kiri committed by the solitary samurai. Melville takes the mythology of the gangster and removes all overt social comment in favour of romantic stylisation. Melville commented that his intention was "to show the mental disorder of a man who unmistakably had a tendency to schizophrenia."
Target Audience
Not rated.
System Details
DVD, 1.85:1 aspect ratio, NTSC ; region 1, Dolby Digital audio.
In French with optional English subtitles.


APA Citation, 7th Edition (style guide)

Roubaix, F. d., Decae, H., Delon, A., Melville, J., Delon, N., Périer, F., Rosier, C., & Boisrond, M. (2017). Le Samouraï (Widescreen.). Janus Films.

Chicago / Turabian - Author Date Citation, 17th Edition (style guide)

François de, Roubaix et al.. 2017. Le Samouraï. Janus Films.

Chicago / Turabian - Humanities (Notes and Bibliography) Citation, 17th Edition (style guide)

François de, Roubaix et al.. Le Samouraï Janus Films, 2017.

MLA Citation, 9th Edition (style guide)

Roubaix, François de,, et al. Le Samouraï Widescreen., Janus Films, 2017.

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