Great Shot of the Week

Le Samourai (1967)

Dir. Jean-Pierre Melville

One of the most perfect exercises of action in all of cinema.  A protagonist that defines cool and a sense of foreboding movement giving way to a staggering tension of visual depth as a showdown carefully and methodically comes to fruition.  When the tension finally breaks, its almost as if we accidentally stumbled upon it from afar, and the precision and calculation of the meeting that preceded was replaced with outright clumsiness and chaos.  This is almost a redefinition of Leone’s redefinition of the Western.

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~ by febriblog on July 19, 2010.

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