Based on the novel written by Raf Vallet, Death of a Corrupt Man (Mort d'un pourri in the original) is a tense, relentless and violent political thriller made by the French filmmaker Georges Lautner. With the indestructible Alain Delon in the center of attention and a nice little role by Klaus Kinski, it’s a story about a corrupt politician who turns to his friend for help after killing his blackmailer who kept detailed records of illegal activities not only perpetrated by him, but also by a series of other respectable dignitaries whose careers would be ruined if the blackmailer’s notes ever became public.

Scored by the legendary Philippe Sarde with the talents of Stan Getz, one of the most accomplished tenor saxophonists in the world, Death of a Corrupt Man is a gripping, riveting thriller further elevated by another Delon’s iconic performance echoing the one from Jean-Pierre Melville’s Le Samurai. Even though Delon’s character has nothing to do with the blackmailer, upon agreeing to help his friend he gets drawn into a dangerous web as countless spiders come crawling out to get their hands on the incriminating evidence. Lautner’s film is an example of a neatly made, rewarding thriller immersed in political corruption and conspiracies.