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French film 'Le Samourai' to screen

RELEASED: Oct. 21, 2010

Le Samourai photoEAU CLAIRE — "Le Samourai" (France/Italy 1967), a razor-sharp cocktail of 1940s American gangster cinema and 1960s French pop culture, will screen Nov. 4-7 at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. The University Activities Commission of the Student Senate will present Jean-Pierre Melville's post-noir masterpiece at 6 and 8:30 p.m. in Davies Theatre.

In a career-defining performance, Alain Delon stars as an assassin-for-hire, an ascetic perfectionist who lives by a rigid code. After fulfilling a contract, he is pursued by both the police and his own mob employer.

"Tone and style are everything with 'Le Samourai,'" wrote critic David Thomson, who called the film "an eternal and luminous lesson in how men behaved when they believed behavior mattered."

"Stylistically, 'Le Samourai' was clearly a major influence on John Woo and Quentin Tarantino: not because it's an ultraviolent thriller, but because of its overall look, sensibility and treatment of characters," wrote The A.V. Club, which called this "a terrific film, at once a tense thriller and a fascinating character study, and only as cold as it looks until its unforgettable final scene."

Subtitled in English, the 101-minute film is rated PG.

Admission is free at the door with a Blugold Card or International Film Society membership. Community members who wish to attend campus films must purchase an annual IFS membership at the Service Center (715-836-3727) in Davies Center's east lobby. An individual membership costs $4; a family membership costs $10.

More information about the campus film series is available online and at the Activities and Programs office, Davies Center 133.

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JS/DW

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