Friday, May 2, 2014

Le Samourai (1967)

dir. Jean-Pierre Melville

Jef Costello (Alain Delon) steals a car – 12 Rue de Berri, Paris, France. The bar at 19 Rue de Berri is seen on the other side of the street.

Jef comes to change the license plate and to get a gun – 118 Rue de Saint-Antoine, Montreuil, Ile-de-France, France. The old garage was demolished some time after 2012, and a new building with a garage stands on the spot now.

Jane’s (Nathalie Delon) apartment – 11 Boulevard de l'Amiral Bruix, Paris, France.

Jef comes to a card game to provide himself with an alibi – 6 Boulevard de Rochechouart, Paris, France. The hotel is no longer there, and the Tati stores occupy the entire block now. Melville used the same hotel in his L'aîné des Ferchaux four years earlier.

Martey’s night club – Still searching for this location but this might have been a studio set.

Jef gets rid of the gun – Pont Alexandre III, Paris, France.

Jef exits the police headquarters – 36 Quai des Orfèvres, Paris, France. The legendary hub of criminal investigation, often referred to as "the 36", will soon move to a new building in the Batignolles district in the 17th arrondissement. The move is scheduled for 2017.

Jef dodges the police using a building with two exits – 1 Rue Lord Byron, Paris, France.

Jef emerges from a different exit – 116Bis Avenue des Champs-Élysées, Paris, France. It’s located next to the famous Lido.

Jef ducks into the George V metro station, Avenue des Champs-Élysées, Paris, France.

Jef makes a transfer at the Palais Royal metro station, Paris, France.

Jef exits the metro – Porte d'Ivry metro station, Boulevard Masséna, Paris, France.

Jef goes in and out of a railway station – Rue Regnault at Rue du Loiret, Paris, France. The station is no longer in use and the building stands abandoned.

Jef escapes an assassination attempt – the footbridge above the railroad tracks along the Boulevard Masséna that used to connect the Rue du Loiret and Rue de la Croix Jarry. The bridge no longer exists.

Jef's apartment – 1 Impasse des Rigaunes, Paris, France.

Jef comes to a bar to make a phone call – 265 Rue de Belleville, Paris, France. The building has since been demolished.

Jef crosses the street – Rue de Belleville, Paris, France. This section of the street has been redeveloped and is no longer recognizable.

Jef goes into the Télégraphe metro station, Rue de Belleville, Paris, France.

The police dispatch a car to the Jourdain metro station, Rue de Belleville, Paris, France. The church is the neogothic Saint-Jean-Baptiste-de-Belleville.

The police car waiting in the Pyrénées metro station, Rue de Belleville, Paris, France.

More police cars dispatched:
The Botzaris metro station, Rue Botzaris, Paris, France

The Place des Fêtes metro station, Rue de Belleville, Paris, France

The Pré-Saint-Gervais metro station, Rue de Mouzaia, Paris, France

Jef dodges the police on a moving walkway – Châtelet metro station, Paris, France.

The police car waiting – Place du Châtelet, Paris, France. The Théâtre de la Ville is seen in the background.

Jef runs after emerging from the Metro – Avenue Victoria at Rue Adolphe Adam, Paris, France.

Jef steals another car – 3 Rue Adolphe Adam, Paris, France. Then he drives toward the Quai de Gesvres.

See also...

Le Cercle rouge



  1. The bar in which jef kills the owner is actually a studio set.

    1. Yes you can read at thé end of thé movie: Tourné dans les Studios de la rue Jenner.

    2. That was Melville's studio but how does it prove the club exterior was filmed there?

  2. Thanks for de information I love this film!!

  3. Hello. The garage where Jef made change his license plate is here :
    118 bis, rue de Saint-Antoine / Montreuil. Until 2016 il looked nearly looked like it does 50 years ago. Greets :-)