#494: Le Samouraï

niiwdnvldn8av2hqwcxjjabhm3x#494 – Le Samouraï, 1967, Jean-Pierre Melville

In a career-defining performance, Alain Delon plays 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 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.

#540: Army of Shadows

qzwot4fbabl3xsah4holnd8fsn8#540 – Army of Shadows, (L’Armée des ombres), 1969, Jean-Pierre Melville

Betrayed by an informant, Philippe Gerbier finds himself trapped in a torturous Nazi prison camp. Though Gerbier escapes to rejoin the Resistance in occupied Marseilles, France, and exacts his revenge on the informant, he must continue a quiet, seemingly endless battle against the Nazis in an atmosphere of tension, paranoia and distrust.

#772: Le Cercle Rouge

stqnuy39tpvefbrtiam9zldxnt4#772 – Le Cercle Rouge, 1970, Jean-Pierre Melville

When French criminal Corey gets released from prison, he resolves to never return. He is quickly pulled back into the underworld, however, after a chance encounter with escaped murderer Vogel. Along with former policeman and current alcoholic Jansen, they plot an intricate jewel heist. All the while, quirky Police Commissioner Mattei, who was the one to lose custody of Vogel, is determined to find him.