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Le Cercle Rouge (Criterion Collection) (1970)

Cast: Alain Delon, Alain Delon, Bourvil, more...
Director: Jean-Pierre Melville, Jean-Pierre Melville
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Rating: Not Rated
Studio: Criterion, Criterion Collection
Genre: Capers, Cops, Neo Noir, Criterion Collection
Languages: French
Subtitles: English
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Synopsis
Corey (Alain Delon) is the young gun in the French underworld who has just been released from prison. Escaped convict Vogel (Gian-Maria Volonté) hides in the trunk of Corey's car. The two enlist the help of an alcoholic former cop (Yves Montand) for an elaborate jewelry-store robbery. Police inspector Mattei (Bourvil) whom Vogel escaped in the beginning of the film is on the case trying to recapture the criminals. He is not opposed to using blackmail techniques to get answers out of the unwilling witnesses and criminals brought in for questioning. ~ Dan Pavlides, All Movie Guide

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Le Cercle Rouge (Criterion Collection) (1970)
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7.51 (118 votes)
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Le Cercle Rouge (Criterion Collection) (Bonus Disc) (1970)
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Note, this review comes off of the tail of an Ashes and Diamonds write-up by toddandsteph October 26, 2006 - 9:32 PM PDT
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Le Cercle Rouge: Did I say amazing compositions? Well, you don't say! Flash forward 12 years to France and Jean-Pierre Melville. He teams up with Alain Delon and Gian Maria Volante and a host of other great supporting actors (the police detective in particular not only fits the look wonderfully but acts rather well). Last week, we discussed Pat Garrett and how music may or may not have formed the mood, but here, there can be no debate. Melville takes over this film and tells everything with his use of compositions and simple camera movements. Melville's films are simply a masturbatory experience: his rich use of color and lighting tricks, his smooth camera movements, flawless pacing, etc. The story isn't anything terribly special, but the direction and acting really push it above its film noir roots. The few shootouts are cold yet exciting, just as a shootout should be. I didn't like it as much as Le Samourai, but it's still a damn damn fine flick. **** and 1/2 * out've *****

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