One thing Jean-Pierre Melville knew very well was how to create tension and suspense through character and not action. He knew very well that action would do nothing but release that feeling of tension, betraying the effect of keeping the audience on edge. Thus, he would just build up the momentum for a dramatic effect. He does exactly that with this film. Le Samouraï is a masterclass in visual style and minimalistic storytelling. The ever so charming looks of Alain Delon and his stoic, cold and deadpan performance just screams with coolness. The strongest accomplishment with this picture is that, Jean-Pierre Melville showcase his confidence in the material. Without a doubt, a piece of art, that still to this day inspires many.