Hey everyone, For this month's cult movie night I'll be showing two classic crime films from French writer/director Jean-Pierre Melville.
Criterion describes "Le Samourai" (1967) as "A razor-sharp cocktail of 1940's American gangster cinema and 1960's French pop culture-with a liberal dose of Japanese lone-warrior mythology." Alan Delon plays Jef Costello a contract killer who lives and dies by a personal code of honor in a world where betrayal is the norm on both sides of the law. Jef's latest job, which requires him to murder a nightclub owner, has plunged him into a whirlpool of intrigue, treachery, and revenge that the trenchcoated hit man will either extricate himself from, or die trying.
Delon also stars in "Le Cercle Rouge" (1970) as a master thief, fresh out of prison who crosses paths with a notorious escapee (Gian Maria Volonte) and an alcoholic ex-cop (Yves Montand). This unlikely trip plan a heist against impossible odds. Will they succeed or will a relentless police inspector seal their fates?
Feel free to bring a drink or a snack to share. We'll order some pizzas between the films. Hope to see you there!