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The Red Circle / Le Cercle rouge

The Red Circle / Le Cercle rouge

A Feature film by Jean-Pierre Melville

Produced by Les Films Corona

Release in France : 20/10/1970


    Corey is a cool, aristocratic thief, released from prison on the same day that Vogel, a murderer, escapes from the custody of the patient Mattei, a cat-loving police superintendent. Corey robs Rico, his mob boss, then enlists Vogel and an ex-police sharpshooter, Jansen, in a jewel heist. While Corey is harried by the vengeful Rico, Mattei pressures Santi, a nightclub owner and pimp, to help him trap the thieves. Over all hangs the judgment of the police directeur, that every man is guilty.

    Source : IMDb

    Actors (25)

    Production and distribution (4)

    Executive Producer :

    Les Films Corona

    Film exports/foreign sales :

    Tamasa Distribution

    Foreign production companies :

    Selenia Cinematografica, Euro International Film (EIA)

    French distribution :

    Les Films Corona

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    International releases (6)

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    Vincent Canby, in a 1993 review of a 99-minute version dubbed into English, said the film "may baffle anyone coming upon him for the first time"; according to Canby:

        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."

    Hong Kong director John Woo wrote an essay for the Criterion DVD of Le Cercle rouge arguing the film's merits. When the film was given a theatrical re-release, Woo was given a "presenter" credit.

    Source : Wikipedia

    Full credits (15)

    Assistant directors :

    Bernard Stora, Pierre Tati

    Screenwriter :

    Jean-Pierre Melville

    Sound recordists :

    Jacques Carrère, Guy Chichignoud

    Assistant Operators :

    Jean-Paul Cornu, François Lauliac

    Production Manager :

    Pierre Quefféléan

    Assistant editors :

    Christine Grenet, Elisabeth Sarradin

    Music Composer :

    Éric Demarsan

    Sound Mixer :

    Jean Nény

    Producers :

    Jacques Dorfmann, Robert Dorfmann

    Director of Photography :

    Henri Decaë

    Sound Assistant :

    Victor Revelli

    Camera Operator :

    Charles-Henri Montel

    Editor :

    Marie-Sophie Dubus

    Continuity supervisor :

    Jacqueline Parey

    Production Designer :

    Théobald Meurisse

    Technical details

    Feature film

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    Film noir

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    Coproducer countries :

    France (80.0%), Italy (20.0%)

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    Majority French (France, Italy)

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    Runtime :

    2 h 20 min

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