Monday, October 15, 2012

Le Samouraï (1967) a movie I really dig!

One of my all time favorite movies, Le Samouraï, has been the inspiration for some of my paintings.
Remain in Light 18x24 oil on canvas film noir style painting by Kenney Mencher
The plot revolved around a kind of existential gangster.  In a career-defining performance, Alain Delon plays a contract killer with samurai instincts. A razor-sharp cocktail of 1940s American gangster cinema and 1960s French pop culture—with a liberal dose of Japanese lone-warrior mythology—maverick director Jean-Pierre Melville’s masterpiece Le Samouraï defines cool.

Regrets 16x20 inches oil on canvas film noir style painting by Kenney Mencher
Hitman Jef Costello is a perfectionist who always carefully plans his murders and who never gets caught. One night however, after killing a night-club owner, he's seen by witnesses. His efforts to provide himself with an alibi fail and more and more he gets driven into a corner. 


Scarlette Street, oil paint on linen canvas 20"x20"x1.5" by Kenney Mencher



Standard Deviation 16"x20"x1.5" inches oil on canvas film noir style painting by Kenney Mencher