le circle rouge

Le cercle rouge

Directed by Jean-Pierre Melville
France / 1970
140 minutes / French / Color / Restoration / DCP

Alain Delon plays a master thief, fresh out of prison, who crosses paths with a notorious escapee (Gian Maria Volontè) and an alcoholic ex-cop (Yves Montand). The unlikely trio plot a heist, against impossible odds, until a relentless inspector and their own pasts seal their fates. With its honorable antiheroes, coolly atmospheric cinematography, and breathtaking set pieces, “Le cercle rouge” is the quintessential film by Jean-Pierre Melville—the master of ambiguous, introspective crime cinema.

Intro and discussion by Robert Garrick, attorney, former contributor to the davekehr.com film blog, and contributor to Cinema St. Louis’ The Lens blog.