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Cercle Rouge, Le (1970)

Original Title : Cercle rouge, Le
Director : Jean-Pierre Melville
Writer : Jean-Pierre Melville
Genre : Crime
Thriller
Country : France
Language : French
Producer : Jacques Dorfmann , Robert Dorfmann (I)
Music : Éric Demarsan
Photography : Henri Decaë
IMDB ID : 0065531
Official site : http://www.rialtopictures.com/
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Cercle Rouge, Le (1970) - Jean-Pierre Melville
 

Starring

Alain Delon Corey
Bourvil Le Commissaire Mattei (as André Bourvil
Gian Maria Volonté Vogel (as Gian-Maria Volonte
Yves Montand Jansen
Paul Crauchet Le Receleur
Paul Amiot Le Gardien de prison
André Ekyan Rico
Jean-Pierre Posier Santi (as François Perier
 

Plot

Corey is a cool, aristocratic thief, released from prison on the same day that Vogel, a murderer, escapes from the custody of the patient Mattei, a cat-loving police superintendent. Corey robs Rico, his mob boss, then enlists Vogel and an ex-police sharpshooter, Jansen, in a jewel heist. While Corey is harried by the vengeful Rico, Mattei pressures Santi, a nightclub owner and pimp, to help him trap the thieves. Over all hangs the judgment of the police directeur, that every man is guilty.
 

Comments

Renewal of Film Noi Director Jean-Pierre Melville was clearly heavily influenced by the black and white gangster movies Hollywood produced so abundantly in the 1940s and 1950s.But he developed this further, and Le cercle rouge is a prime example of this. Despite filming in colour he manages to maintain the almost draughtsmen-like quality of the picture which made films like The Big Combo so impressive to watch.Melville's pictures are also careful compositions. In Le Cercle rouge this becomes evident in central scenes of the film: Jansen's drug dream almost comes across as if it were a painting by Hieronymus Bosch, and the completely dialog-free jewel robbery defies all theories of limited attention spans by keeping us at the edge of our seats for a long time solely through pictures. Riveting stuff.
 
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Cercle Rouge, Le (1970) - Jean-Pierre Melville
poster for "Cercle Rouge, Le"
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Cercle Rouge, Le (1970) - Jean-Pierre Melville
poster for "Cercle Rouge, Le"
482 x 699
Cercle Rouge, Le (1970) - Jean-Pierre Melville
poster for "Cercle Rouge, Le"
482 x 699
Cercle Rouge, Le (1970) - Jean-Pierre Melville
poster for "Cercle Rouge, Le"
482 x 699
Cercle Rouge, Le (1970) - Jean-Pierre Melville
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