Le Cercle Rouge
|Le Cercle Rouge|
|Directed by||Jean-Pierre Melville|
|Produced by||Robert Dorfmann|
|Written by||Jean-Pierre Melville|
Gian Maria Volonté
|Music by||Éric Demarsan|
|Edited by||Marie-Sophie Dubus|
|Distributed by||Rialto Pictures
The Criterion Collection (home video)
|Release date(s)||20 October 1970 (France)
April 20, 1993 (USA)
|Running time||140 min.|
Le Cercle Rouge (French pronunciation: [lə sɛʁkl ʁuʒ], The Red Circle) is a 1970 crime film set in Paris, France. It was directed by Jean-Pierre Melville and stars Alain Delon, Andre Bourvil, Gian Maria Volonté and Yves Montand. It is known for its climactic heist sequence which is about half an hour in length and without any dialogue.
The film's title means "The Red Circle" and refers to the film's epigraph which translates as
Siddhartha Gautama, the Buddha, drew a circle with a piece of red chalk and said: "When men, even unknowingly, are to meet one day, whatever may befall each, whatever the diverging paths, on the said day, they will inevitably come together in the red circle."
- Alain Delon – Corey
- Bourvil – Le Commissaire Mattei
- Gian Maria Volonté – Vogel
- Yves Montand – Jansen
- Paul Crauchet – Le Receleur
- Paul Amiot – Le chef de la police
- Pierre Collet – Le Gardien de prison
- André Ekyan – Rico
- Jean-Pierre Posier – L'assistant de Mattei
- François Périer – Santi (as François Perier)
- Yves Arcanel – Le juge d'instruction
- René Berthier – Le directeur de la P.J.
- Jean-Marc Boris – Le fils Santi (Santi's son)
- Jean Champion – Le garde-barrière
- Yvan Chiffre – Un policier (a policeman)
- Anna Douking – L'ancienne amie de Corey (as Ana Douking)
- Robert Favart – Le vendeur chez Mauboussin
- Roger Fradet – Un policier (a policeman)
- Édouard Francomme – Le gardien du billard (as Edouard Francomme)
- Jean Franval – Le tenancier d'hôtel
- Jacques Galland – Le chef de train
- Jean-Pierre Janic – Paul, l'homme de Rico
- Pierre Lecomte – L'adjoint de l'I.G.S.
- Jacques Léonard – Un policier (a policeman)
- Jacques Leroy – Un policier (a policeman)
- Jean Pignol – L'employé du greffe
- Robert Rondo – Un policier (a policeman)
- Though severely cut, The Red Circle doesn't exactly sweep along. It has a deliberate pace as Melville sets up the story of three chance acquaintances who plan and carry out the sacking of an elegant, supposedly impregnable jewelry store...Understatement is the method of the film, from Melville's pared-down screenplay to the performances by the three trenchcoated principals, even to the muted photography by Henri Decae, which is in color but has the chilly effect of black and white.
Peter Bradshaw, in a 2003 review of a 102-minute reissue, called the film a "treat" and noted "Melville blends the Chandleresque world of his own devising with gritty French reality. With its taut silent robbery sequence, his movie gestures backwards to Rififi, and with Montand's specially modified bullets it anticipates Frederick Forsyth's Day of the Jackal and the contemporary techno-thriller."
- Johnston, Ian (February 2004). "The Cercle Rouge". The Film Journal. Retrieved 2009-06-18.
- Canby, Vincent (September 22, 1993). "Noir by the Father of the New Wave". The New York Times. Retrieved 2011-05-06.
- Bradshaw, Peter (July 4, 2003). "Le Cercle Rouge". The Guardian. Retrieved 2011-05-06.
- Le cercle rouge (1970) - The Criterion Collection
- Le Cercle Rouge at the Internet Movie Database
- Le Cercle Rouge at AllMovie
- Criterion Collection essay by Michael Sragow
- Criterion Collection essay by Chris Fujiwara
- Between the Lines of Pure Cinema: The Red Circle essay by The Unstitute