LE CERCLE ROUGE
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.
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