Le Cercle Rouge – Criterion [DVD] (1970) *VERY GOOD*

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Le Cercle Rouge – Criterion [DVD] (1970) *VERY GOOD*


Master thief Corey (Alain Delon) is fresh out of prison. But instead of toeing the line of law-abiding freedom, he finds his steps leading back to the shadowy world of crime, crossing paths with a notorious escapee (Gian Maria Volonté) and an alcoholic ex-cop (Yves Montand). As the unlikely trio plots a heist against impossible odds, their trail is pursued by a relentless inspector (André Bourvil), and fate begins to seal their destinies. Taking its title from Buddhist lore, Jean-Pierre Melville’s Le Cercle rouge combines honorable anti-heroes, coolly atmospheric cinematography, and breathtaking set pieces to create a masterpiece of crime cinema.

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Le Cercle Rouge (French pronunciation: ​[lə sɛʁkl ʁuʒ], "The Red Circle") is a 1970 Franco-Italian crime film set mostly in Paris. It was directed by Jean-Pierre Melville and stars Alain DelonAndre BourvilGian 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."

Melville made up the quote, just as he did with the epigraph in Le Samouraï.

Le Cercle Rouge
Directed by Jean-Pierre Melville
Produced by Robert Dorfmann
Written by Jean-Pierre Melville
Starring Alain Delon
Yves Montand
Gian Maria Volontè
Music by Éric Demarsan
Cinematography Henri Decaë
Edited by Marie-Sophie Dubus
Distributed by Rialto Pictures
The Criterion Collection(home video)
Release date
20 October 1970 (France)
April 20, 1993 (USA)
Running time
140 min.
Country France
Language French
Box office 4,339,821 admissions (France)

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Weight .8 lbs
Dimensions 5.3 × 1.0 × 7.5 in


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