Episode 74 – Jean-Pierre Melville’s Le Samourai


In Episode 74 of the CriterionCast, Ryan Gallagher and James McCormick are joined by Moises Chiullan (from Badass Digest), as well as their old co-host, Travis George, to discuss Jean-Pierre Melville’s 1967 film, Le Samourai.

In a career-defining performance, Alain Delon plays a contract killer with samurai instincts. A razor-sharp cocktail of 1940s American gangster cinema and 1960s French pop culture’”with a liberal dose of Japanese lone-warrior mythology’”maverick director Jean-Pierre Melville’s masterpiece Le Samouraï defines cool.

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Next week on the podcast we’ll be covering Samuel Fuller’s Shock Corridor and The Naked Kiss.

Shownotes:

00:00 – 00:30 – Sneak Previews – Fatboy Roberts

00:30 – 01:44 – Introductions

News:

01:45 – 03:39 – Elizabeth Taylor, RIP

03:40 – 07:15 – Criterion on Foursquare discussion

07:16 – 11:39 – Tree of Life confirmed for Cannes Film Festival

11:40 – 14:15 – The Magnificent Ambersons / Criterion rumor squashed

14:16 – 15:10 – Richard Leacock, RIP

15:13 – 17:16 – Japan Relief Contest

Criterion Collection New Release Discussion:

17:17 – 20:27 – Silent Naruse Eclipse Set, The Mikado, Topsy-Turvy

Main Discussion:

20:28 – 21:29 – clip from trailer

21:30 – 1:04:00 – Le Samourai Discussion

1:04:00 – 1:13:30 – Jean-Pierre Melville discussion

Wrap Up:

1:13:30 – 1:23:56 – Wrap up and credits

1:23:57 – 1:24:27 – Meatlocker – Fatboy Roberts