Jean-Pierre Melville: Le Cercle Rouge
In Marseille, a prisoner named Corey is released early for good behaviour. A warder tips him off about a prestigious…
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In Marseille, a prisoner named Corey is released early for good behaviour. A warder tips him off about a prestigious jewellery shop he could rob in Paris. He goes to the house of Rico, an associate of his with whom his former girlfriend now lives, where he robs Rico of his money and gun. Then he goes to a billiard hall, where two of Rico’s men find him. After killing one and taking his gun, Corey buys a large car and, hiding the guns in the boot, starts for Paris. On the way, he stops at a roadside grill to eat.
Le Cercle Rouge doesn’t exactly sweep along. It has a deliberate pace as Melville sets up the story of three chance acquaintances who plan and carry out the sacking of an elegant, supposedly impregnable jewelry store…Understatement is the method of the film, from Melville’s pared-down screenplay to the performances by the three trenchcoated principals, even to the muted photography by Henri Decaë, which is in color but has the chilly effect of black and white.
Le Cercle Rouge
|Directed by||Jean-Pierre Melville|
|Produced by||Robert Dorfmann|
|Written by||Jean-Pierre Melville|
|Starring||Alain Delon, Yves Montand|
|Music by||Éric Demarsan|
|Release date(s)||20 October 1970|
|Running time||140 minutes|
|Box office||$ 3,734,619|
Rating: ★★★★★ by milo