Le Cercle Rouge

Le Cercle Rouge

Alain Delon
Director: Jean-Pierre Melville Cast: Alain Delon
Alain Delon
, Bourvil
, Gian Maria Volonté
Gian Maria Volonté
Jean-Pierre Melville

DVD (Australian Import)

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Part of the genius of Jean-Pierre Melville was that he was able to take the formal elements of the crime film and put a thoroughly individual stamp on them -- his best films take the stuff of a thousand grade-B thrillers and invest them with a singular intelligence and quiet cool. On the surface, Le Cercle Rouge concerns two criminals thrown into a slightly uneasy alliance with a corrupt and alcoholic ex-cop to pull off a heist, but in Melville's hands this becomes a story about kindred spirits brought together through chance and unforeseen circumstance; their lives on the other side of the law have as much to do with their own personal sense of ethics and honor as those of the lawmen who struggle to track them down. Melville's clean, elegant framing of shots and his appreciation of the value of silence gives this picture a spare but satisfying feel quite different from most European crime films, and the subtle but sharply etched performances of Alain Delon, Gian Maria Volonté, and Yves Montand are the ideal embodiment of Melville's notion that less is more. In 1970, Le Cercle Rouge received a spotty release in the United States in a version cut by some 40 minutes; the uncut print finally received a belated American release in 2002, and in its pristine form, Le Cercle Rouge reveals itself as a film whose subtle touch only adds to the tension and suspense it generates -- a valuable lesson for filmmakers who believe that the function of genre filmmaking is to slap the viewer about the face and neck.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/01/2016
UPC: 9344256013287
Original Release: 1970
Source: Imports
Sales rank: 8,055

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Alain Delon Corey
Bourvil Mattei
John Wells Vogel
Yves Montand Jansen
François Perier Santi
Paul Crauchet The fence
Pierre Collet The prison guard
Jean Champion Guard
Yvan Chiffre Policeman
Robert Favart Salesperson at Mauboissin's
Roger Fradet Policeman
Jean Franval Le tenancier d'hotel
Jean Pignol L'employe du greffe
Robert Rondo Policeman
André Ekyan Rico
Yves Arcanal Examining magistrate
René Berthier Police chief
Jean-Marc Boris Santi's son
Paul Amiot Chief of Internal Affairs

Technical Credits
Jean-Pierre Melville Director,Screenwriter
Eric De Marsan Score Composer
Henri Decaë Cinematographer
Robert Dorfmann Producer
Marie-Sophie Dubus Editor
Théo Meurisse Art Director
Jean Nény Sound/Sound Designer

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