Monday, 4 June 2012

Capital Celluloid 2012 - Day 162: Sun June 10

 Le Cercle Rouge (Melville, 1970): Cine Lumiere, 2pm


Chicago Reader review:

'Jean-Pierre Melville's austere heist film, made in 1970, was his next to last; it opens with a Buddhist aphorism about fate binding two men to meet again, and ends with a police chief pronouncing all men ultimately guilty. Two prisoners return to society—Corey (Alain Delon) has served his sentence and is released, while Vogel (Gian Maria Volonte) escapes from a speeding train. They team up with a sharpshooting ex-cop to mount an exquisite jewel theft. Melville renders the taciturn crooks and corrupt inspectors with the nocturnal blue palette that is his signature. Key action points are edited with finesse, but the denouement, with its dutiful hail of gunfire, is heartless and mechanical. '
Bill Stamets

Here is a flavour of the movie.

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