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LE SAMOURAÏ by Jean-Pierre Melville


Jean-Pierre Melville's LE SAMOURAÏ 

American Cinematheque
4K Restoration!
Limited Engagement!

April 21 - 26, 2024


From April 21 to 26, 2024, watch a 4k restoration of Jean-Pierre Melville’s Le Samourai, featuring a career-defining performance by Alain Delon, who stars as Jef Costello, a contract killer with samurai instincts.

After carrying out a flawlessly planned hit, Jef finds himself caught between a persistent police investigator and a ruthless employer, and not even his armor of a fedora and trench coat can protect him. An elegantly stylized masterpiece of cool by maverick director Jean‑Pierre Melville, LE SAMOURAÏ is a razor-sharp cocktail of 1940s American gangster cinema and 1960s French pop culture—with a liberal dose of Japanese lone-warrior mythology.

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