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Le Samourai

Alain Delon in Le Samourai.

Like Franz Becker, the child-murderer of Fritz Lang's "M", Jef Costello (Alain Delon) is a man on the run from both the law and the underworld. Jef, hired to kill the manager (owner?) of a nightclub, makes two mistakes: one, he leaves a witness, and two, he is picked up by the police, and thus forced to stand in a lineup. The authorities are confident that he is their man, all the more reason why his employers want him dead. To further complicate matters, he finds himself romantically drawn to the witness, a beautiful jazz pianist. Here we see Jef on the street, standing near the entrance of the Paris Hotel.

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