New York State Writers Institute - Classic Film Series

samourai.jpg - 9129 BytesLe Samouraï
(The Godson)

November 12, 1999 (Friday) at 7:30 p.m.
Page Hall, 135 Western Avenue
(Free and Open to the Public)

(French, 1967, 101 minutes, b&w, 35mm)
Directed by Jean-Pierre Melville
Starring Alain Delon, François Périer, Nathalie Delon
in French with English subtitles

A professional hit man undertakes the job of killing a night club owner. After completing the hit he discovers that he has left a witness and that the man he is working for has put out a hit on him. Director Jean-Pierre Melville mixes the conventions of American crime films from the 40s and 50s with a distinctly European austerity in this film noir masterpiece.