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Jean-Pierre Melville

Le Cercle rouge

The Red Circle

Melville’s magisterial heist movie is inspired by John Huston’s The Asphalt Jungle.

Image from Le Cercle rouge

France-Italy 1970
Dir Jean-Pierre Melville
With Alain Delon, André Bourvil, Yves Montand, Gian Maria Volonté
140min
Digital
English subtitles
Certificate PG

Inspired in part by the various robbery set-ups in John Huston’s The Asphalt Jungle, this magisterial heist movie centres on the preparation, execution and aftermath of a lengthy, daring and meticulously planned jewel-robbery in the Place Vendôme. As ever, Melville is primarily interested in the psychology and ethics of the interplay between characters, and his marvellous cast does his beautifully structured script proud.


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