Le Cercle Rouge
|Le Cercle Rouge|
|Directed by||Jean-Pierre Melville|
|Produced by||Robert Dorfmann|
|Written by||Jean-Pierre Melville|
Gian Maria Volontè
|Music by||Éric Demarsan|
|Edited by||Marie-Sophie Dubus|
|Distributed by||Rialto Pictures
The Criterion Collection (home video)
|20 October 1970 (France)
April 20, 1993 (USA)
|Box office||4,339,821 admissions (France)|
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 Volontè 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
- André Bourvil – Inspector Mattei
- Gian Maria Volontè – Vogel
- Yves Montand – Jansen
- Paul Crauchet – the receiver
- Paul Amiot – Chief of Police
- Pierre Collet – prison guard
- André Ekyan – Rico
- Jean-Pierre Posier – Mattei's assistant
- François Périer – Santi (as François Perier)
- Yves Arcanel – committing magistrate
- René Berthier – Judiciary Police Director
- Jean-Marc Boris – Santi's son
- Jean Champion – level-crossing guard
- Yvan Chiffre – a policeman
- Anna Douking – Corey's old friend (as Ana Douking)
- Robert Favart – Mauboussin's clerk
- Roger Fradet – a policeman
- Édouard Francomme – pool's watchman (as Edouard Francomme)
- Jean Franval – hôtel's receptionist
- Jacques Galland – train's conductor
- Jean-Pierre Janic – Paul, Rico's henchman
- Pierre Lecomte – Internal Affairs Deputy
- Jacques Léonard – a policeman
- Jacques Leroy – a policeman
- Jean Pignol – court registry clerk
- Robert Rondo – 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."
- Box office information for film at Box Office Story
- 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