Le Cercle Rouge (1970)
Le Cercle Rouge (1970)
Critic Consensus: Melville is at the top of his game, giving us his next-to-last entry into the world of deception, crime, and extreme suspense that made him a maestro of the French heist genre.
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as Le Commissaire Mattei
as Le Receleur
as L'inspecteur général de la police
as Le Gardien de prison
as L'assistant de Mattei
as Le juge d'instruction
as Le directeur de la P.J.
as Le fils Santi
as Le garde-barrière
as Un policier #1
as L'ancienne amie de Corey
as Examining magistrate
as Le vendeur chez Mauboussin
as Un policier #2
as Le gardien du billard
as Le tenancier d'hotel
as Le chef de train
as Paul, l'homme de Rico
as L'adjoint de l'I.G.S.
as Un policier #4
as L'employe du greffe
as Un policier #5
Critic Reviews for Le Cercle Rouge
Melville's special achievement was to relocate the American gangster film in France, and to incorporate his own steely poetic and philosophical obsessions.
One well-choreographed, beautifully shot and definitely cool cops-and-robbers film.
I can't say that Cercle Rouge is an overlooked masterpiece, but it's an amazing antidote to the current style of filmmaking in which silence and causal relationships are routinely disregarded.
If you ever wanted to know how to look good wearing a trenchcoat, lighting a cigarette, handling a revolver, drinking a whiskey or overpowering an armed guard, Jean-Pierre Melville's 1970 gangster drama is your guide.
Audience Reviews for Le Cercle Rouge
A good French heist thriller from the 70's that's a slow-burn, but delivers in spades when it comes to tension and atmosphere. A daring jewelry theft is the highlight of the movie, and kept me on the edge of my seat.
Jean-Pierre Melville's masterpiece Le Cercle Rouge (The Red Circle) is a police procedural meets heist film that seems to be almost a playbook for all films like it that came afterwards. Whether it was a consious effort on other filmmaker's parts or developed along the lines by serendipity, the caper film was forever-influenced by the likes of people like Brian De Palma. To boot, there are masterful performances from both Alain Delon and Gian Maria, two men whose characters are brought together by circumstance but develop an unspoken friendship throughout the film that pays off beautifully in the end. Although the overall pace at times is a little lax, the film itself, in style, performance and execution, is a terrific piece of cinema.
The jewelry store scene alone is worth the four stars.
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