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  • Welcome to the official Film/Art Gallery collection of the vintage original The Godson (Le Samourai) posters, where we provide a substantial choice of artwork for the cinematic classic.

    The Godson (Le Samourai), originally released as The Godson in the US) is a 1967 neo-noir crime film written and directed by Jean-Pierre Melville. The film follows a professional hitman named Jef Costello who is caught by witnesses, and his efforts to provide himself an alibi that drives him further down a hole. The film stars Alain Delon, François Périer, Nathalie Delon, and Cathy Rosier.

    When Jean-Pierre Melville brought a copy of the script to Alain Delon, Delon asked him what the title was. When he was told the title was Le Samourai, Delon had Melville follow him to his bedroom, where there was only a leather couch and a samurai blade hanging on the wall.

    Hitman Jef Costello always carefully plans his murders and never gets caught. Living the sterile life necessary for a hitman, Alain Delon portrays an assassin's last assignment, which leaves him under the surveillance of the police. Learning that his boss now has him marked for death, he must now attempt to take him out first. a person on the run from everyone--with the police and his own after him.

    The start of the film is completely dialog-free for almost ten minutes. The first word, "Jef?" comes at the 9:58 mark.

    The film was released on 25 October 1967, receiving positive reviews with praise for Melville's screenwriting and direction, and Delon's performance and atmosphere. The film grossed over $1.2 million in France and over $0.75m across Spain.

    Film/Art Gallery's movie posters are original prints and film poster collectibles. These are original The Godson (Le Samourai) movie posters. We don't carry reproductions or reprints of any kind.