Le Samourai

Le Samourai - Segura, Horacio A CTCS-201: History of...

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Segura, Horacio A CTCS-201: History of International Cinema Film Journal Le Samourai , directed by Jean-Pierre Melville, is a film about a perfectionist free agent hit man, named Costello, who religiously follows a strict code of duty. Throughout the first few sequences of the film, the audience learns that he truly is meticulous when it comes to time and organization - neatly arranged line of mineral water bottles, cigarettes on a bookcase, the small bird in the center of his room. He goes about goes about his tasks like clockwork, and it is probably correct to call him obsessive-compulsive. Looking at the film, it is easy to realize that this character has influenced future workings of obsessive-compulsive characters, like Mervin in As Good As It Gets or Howard Hughes in The Aviator . The film definitely against the classical Hollywood system – vying to be different and “artsy” if you will (and most French films of the era were) – and could be argued to be neo-noir, as it seems to be a model from film noir updated for the modernist period. Unlike some film
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This note was uploaded on 05/09/2008 for the course CTCS 201 taught by Professor James during the Spring '08 term at USC.

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