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New 4K Restoration

Impassive faces, snap-brim hats, dangling cigarettes, sunglasses after dark, raincoats without rain, nightclub floor show — the milieu of Jean-Pierre Melville, prince of the French gangster picture — as four hommes durs cross paths for their appointment with destiny. Prisoner-in-transit Vogel (Gian Maria Volonté) crashes — literally — out of a train, to the dismay of guard Inspector Mattei (comedy legend André Bourvil); ex-cop Jansen (Yves Montand) shifts from DT-plagued drunk to dapper, rock-steady sharpshooter; and recently released criminal Corey (Alain Delon) reclaims his gun and money and shrugs off two murder attempts. All join forces for a meticulously orchestrated heist of a Place Vendôme bijouterie, a silent tour-de-force. The biggest hit of Melville’s career, LE CERCLE ROUGE was initially released in the U.S. in a dubbed version cut by 40 minutes, until the complete 140-minute version was finally released here by Rialto Pictures in 2003. This brand new 4K restoration from StudioCanal spotlights the noirishly muted color cinematography by Melville/New Wave lenser Henri Decaë (LE SAMOURAÏ, THE 400 BLOWS, ELEVATOR TO THE GALLOWS, PURPLE NOON) like never before, with subtitles by veteran translator Lenny Borger. DIR/SCR Jean-Pierre Melville; PROD Robert Dorfmann. France/Italy, 1970, color, 140 min. In French with English subtitles. NOT RATED
Restored in 4K by Studiocanal at Hiventy with the support of the CNC.

No AFI Member passes accepted.

140 Minutes
Crime drama


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