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Le cercle rouge

Jean-Pierre Melville

 
Le cercle rouge (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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  • France
  • 1970
  • 140 minutes
  • Color
  • 1.85:1
  • French
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  • Spine #218

Alain Delon plays a master thief, fresh out of prison, who crosses paths with a notorious escapee (Gian Maria Volonté) 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. Jean-Pierre Melville’s Le cercle rouge combines honorable antiheroes, coolly atmospheric cinematography, and breathtaking set pieces to create a masterpiece of crime cinema.

Cast

CoreyAlain Delon
Captain MatteiAndré Bourvil
VogelGian Maria Volonté
JansenYves Montand
The fencePaul Crauchet
Chief of Internal AffairsPaul Amiot
Prison guardPierre Collet
RicoAndré Ekyan
Mattei's assistantJean-Pierre Posier
SantiFrançois Périer

Disc Features

  • Newly restored uncut version, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
  • Excerpts from Cinéastes de notre temps: “Jean-Pierre Melville”
  • New video interviews with assistant director Bernard Stora and Rui Nogueria, the author of Melville
    on Melville
  • Thirty minutes of rare on-set and archival footage, featuring interviews with director Jean-Pierre Melville and stars Alain Delon, Yves Montand, and André Bourvil
  • Original theatrical trailer and 2003 Rialto Pictures rerelease trailer
  • Production and publicity stills, poster gallery (DVD only)
  • New English subtitle translation
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring new essays by film critics Michael Sragow and Chris Fujiwara, excerpts from Melville on Melville, a reprinted interview with composer Eric Demarsan, and an appreciation from director John Woo

    New cover by Art Chantry Design Co.

Film Essays

Le Cercle Rouge: Great Blasphemies

By Michael SragowApril 12, 2011

With his 1970 gangster epic Le cercle rouge, Jean-Pierre Melville finally landed his white . . . Read more »


Film Essays

Music for Melville: Composer Eric Demarsan

April 12, 2011

After Army of Shadows, Melville and I stayed in touch . . . One day, he announced: “I’m going . . . Read more »


Film Essays

Le cercle rouge: What Is the Red Circle?

By Chris FujiwaraApril 12, 2011

Siddhartha Gautama, the Buddha, drew a circle with a piece of red chalk and said: “When men, . . . Read more »

Photo Galleries

Happy Birthday, Handsome

November 08, 2013


Features

Melville on Le cercle rouge

April 12, 2011

The following is excerpted from Melville on Melville, a book-length interview by Rui Nogueira . . . Read more »


Film Essays

Le Cercle Rouge: Great Blasphemies

By Michael SragowApril 12, 2011

With his 1970 gangster epic Le cercle rouge, Jean-Pierre Melville finally landed his white . . . Read more »


Film Essays

Music for Melville: Composer Eric Demarsan

April 12, 2011

After Army of Shadows, Melville and I stayed in touch . . . One day, he announced: “I’m going . . . Read more »


Film Essays

Le cercle rouge: What Is the Red Circle?

By Chris FujiwaraApril 12, 2011

Siddhartha Gautama, the Buddha, drew a circle with a piece of red chalk and said: “When men, . . . Read more »


Features

Honor, Loyalty, and Friendship: John Woo on Le cercle rouge

By John WooApril 11, 2011

I believe in my world. I believe in brotherhood and everything that goes with it. Like honor, . . . Read more »

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