Le Samourai, 1967



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Director Jean-Pierre Melville had a cameo in Jean-Luc Godard’s groundbreaking A Bout de Souffle and his cool, minimalist gangster movie was also made on the streets of Paris.

Solitary hitman Jef Costello (Alain Delon), like petty thief Jean-Paul Belmondo in the earlier film, dodges the law on the Champs Elysées by ducking through an entrance at 1 rue Lord Byron (behind the Champs) to pop out at 116 bis, by the Lido, and duck into the George V metro station.

He takes the Vincennes line to Porte d’Ivry where, on meeting his contact, he’s shot and wounded. There’s a convoluted metro chase as the law follows Costello from the Telegraphe metro (near his apartment) to Place des Fêtes.

He gets off at Jourdain. The law dispatches cars to Place des Fêtes; Botzaris and Pre Saint Gervais.

Costello finally gives them the slip at the world’s largest subway interchange, Chatelet Les Halles (the setting for much of Subway), where he leaps off the travelator.


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