Le Cercle Rouge

Le Cercle Rouge

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.

Additional Information

France/Italy 1970 – DCP – 140 Minutes

In French

Director, Screenplay: Jean-Pierre Melville

Producers: Robert Dorfmann, Jacques Dorfmann

Cast: Alain Delon, Gian Maria Volonte, Yves Montand, Bourvil

Print courtesy Rialto Pictures