Le cercle rouge

Le cercle rouge

Red circle

DVD - 2003 | French
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A master thief is fresh out of prison. But instead of toeing the line, he finds his steps leading back to the shadowy world of crime. He, a notorious escapee, and an alcoholic ex-cop plan a jewel heist, while being pursued by a police superintendent.
Publisher: [United States] : Criterion Collection : Distributed by Studio Canal : Home Vision Entertainment, 2003
Edition: Special ed. widescreen version
ISBN: 9780780027664
Branch Call Number: French DVD
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (140 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in
Alternative Title: Red circle


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Oct 25, 2016

Among the favourite films of Jean-Pierre Dardenne and Aki Kaurismāki, this slick policier from writer/director Jean-Pierre Melville is considered a classic of the genre. While short on suspense and relying on a few unlikely coincidences, Melville revels in style with fashionable characters, a spare yet hip soundtrack of drum beats, and set pieces that go from speeding train cars to gaudy nightclubs to crumbling chateaux. The planned heist itself is a gritty mix of muscle and low-tech gimmickry, especially when compared to the computerized mayhem of recent offerings, but that actually makes it all the more watchable. Tightly edited, short on superfluous dialogue, and employing a widescreen palette of dusky countrysides and fluorescent interiors (and a curious attention to doors), this is an entertaining blend of film noir and crime thriller.

Sep 25, 2016

If you ever thought about making a heist film, this is the blueprint. Not much to argue with here, with the possible exception of Alain Delon's moustache. The police inspector and his cats, three of them, against three criminals, as quiet as mice. Coincidence? Perhaps. Stylish...definitely.

Dec 16, 2013

Masterfully crafted film. One thing about this film that really caught my attention was the photography of it. The colour and lighting of each shot is magnificently beautiful. The characters, the plot, and the film itself are all very cool. Everything is calm on the surface. An essential watch, in my opinion.

Sep 11, 2010

well made and stylish crime genre.


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