Le Samourai - Melville

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Re: Le Samourai - Melville

Postby A » Wed May 31, 2006 2:23 am

Well, obviously there's alot going on in it.
How about Le Samurai being influenced by Suzuki, or he by Melville?
Anyone more familiar with Melville got any clues?

Re: Le Samourai - Melville

Postby wpqx » Wed May 31, 2006 2:36 am

I doubt it, maybe only a coincidence. Branded to Kill came out the same year as Le Samourai, and Suzuki's films weren't easily exported, and Branded to Kill was quite overlooked and forgotten for several decades. Melville's Army of Shadows has just had it's US premiere here this week, and I'm desperately trying to catch it in the cinema, so it seems like a good time to be discovering Melville's work. I'm much, much more familiar with Suzuki's films. Melville seemed very conscious of what he was doing, Suzuki seemed to just play with cinema because he was given such pulp material to work with, his films have a graphic novel feel to them.

Re: Le Samourai - Melville

Postby A » Wed May 31, 2006 6:06 am

I would like to hear your comments if you catch Melville's "Army of Shadows". So far I've read some raves from americans who recently discovered it.
I have only seen two films by Melville, and five by Suzuki, so I'm not overtly familiar with their work. However, your above statement about their differing approach rings very true in my ears.


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