New digital restoration! “Melville’s style is at one with his substance—hard, cold, illusionless, yet presented with such panache that against all expectation, it breeds joy” — Anthony Lane, The New Yorker. Michael Sragow (also in The New Yorker, but much earlier) called Le Cercle Rouge, Jean-Pierre Melville’s mesmerizing and diamond-hard robbery film, “a deluxe piece of heist engineering,” and praised the director’s characteristically ”hardboiled karma” as being “in virtuoso display” here. Melville (Bob le Flambeur, Le Samouraï) is at the top of his game here, and has a cast of French legends including Alain Delon and Yves Montand, as four men, including a recently-released criminal and an alcoholic ex-cop, come together to execute a meticulously planned jewel heist. Le Cercle Rouge is the greatest achievement of Melville’s career, “the kind of experience that makes you glad movies exist” (A.O. Scott, New York Times), suffused with tough post-noir French atmosphere, anomie and smarts.
Le Cercle Rouge
Sponsored by David & Lisa Lessard
France/Italy 1970 – DCP – 140 Minutes
Director, Screenplay: Jean-Pierre Melville
Producers: Robert Dorfmann, Jacques Dorfmann
Cast: Alain Delon, Gian Maria Volonte, Yves Montand, Bourvil
Print courtesy Rialto Pictures