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Le Cercle Rouge (The Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray] (1970)

Alain Delon , Andre Bourvil , Jean-Pierre Melville  |  Unrated |  Blu-ray
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  • Actors: Alain Delon, Andre Bourvil, Gian Maria Volonte, Yves Montand, Paul Crauchet
  • Directors: Jean-Pierre Melville
  • Format: Blu-ray, NTSC, Special Edition, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Criterion Collection
  • DVD Release Date: April 12, 2011
  • Run Time: 140 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004JOBATI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #149,595 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Le Cercle Rouge (The Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

Special Features

Restored, complete, uncut version, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack

Excerpts from Cinéastes de notre temps: “Jean-Pierre Melville”

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

PLUS: A booklet featuring 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


Editorial Reviews

Alain Delon (The Leopard, Le samouraï) plays a master thief, fresh out of prison, who crosses paths with a notorious escapee and an alcoholic ex-cop (The Wages of Fear’s Yves Montand). The unlikely trio plot a heist, against impossible odds, and then a relentless inspector and their own pasts seal their fates. Le cercle rouge, from Jean-Pierre Melville (Le samouraï, Army of Shadows), combines honorable antiheroes, coolly atmospheric cinematography, and breathtaking set pieces to create a masterpiece of crime cinema.

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77 of 77 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Melville is the king of cool June 23, 2003
Every review of Le Cercle Rouge uses the word cool because Melville's movies epitomize cool. This is a world of policeman and thieves, all dressed to the nines, all possessing three facial expressions: cool, resolute, and...make that two expressions. The way they light cigarettes has undoubtedly caused lung cancer in thousands of schoolboys aspiring to cool. Melville's movies play like Hemingway's prose reads.
The version I saw is a newly restored, uncut version of Le Cercle Rouge from Rialto Pictures, sponsored by Melville fan John Woo, and it's touring select cities in the United States in 2003. It is far superior to the edited, dubbed version which has been the only version available in the States until now. Let's hope this uncut version makes it to DVD soon to reach a wider audience.
A criminal named Vogel (Gian Maria Volonte before his spaghetti western heyday) is being escorted by a policeman named Mattei(Andre Bouvril). Vogel escapes during a train ride. Meanwhile, a thief named Corey (French movie idol Alain Delon, as impeccably groomed as ever) who spent five years in prison and never ratted on his boss is finally released. A corrupt cop fills him in on a potential heist. Corey wishes to resist, but cannot. He cannot change his nature, or his code. Vogel and Corey cross paths, as foretold by the made-up Buddhist quote that opens the movie which says that certain men are destined to meet in the red circle. They team up for the heist while the policeman stalks them.
Many words are used to describe Melville movies, and all are accurate to some degree. Film noir: no doubt Le Cercle Rouge has the tragic inevitability and stern view of human nature characteristic of film noir. Existentialist: Melville's heroes make their own choices and accept responsibility for their natures.
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stylish, Jazzy, and Austere: Melville's Last Classic. November 30, 2003
Format:DVD
The premise is simple: a man named Corey (Alain Delon) is released from prison but is unable to avoid his randez-vous with destiny. True, this had been tried before Melville made The Red Circle. However, great photography should grab you within minutes: cool, dissolved hues framed by a skilled illusionist. The scene in the muddy field registers as one of the best of noir cinema: Vogel (Gian Maria Volonte), an upredictable and fearless fugitive meets the stark, taciturn Corey. Only indispensable dialogue here, a gesture with a toss of pack of cigarettes and the sublime theme composed by Eric De Marsan - the circle is now half-drawn and this movie genre has never since been the same. We never quite see a fork in the road for any of these guys: Corey, Vogel or Jansen, a cop-turned-gangster played by Yves Montand. All three, in spite of their efficiency, move closer and closer to an inevitably tragic end. Thus sets a feeling of temporariness. Whether it's a few thousand franks, a life of a goon in pursuit, or a near-encounter with a lost beautiful woman - it is an imprint as lasting as a puff of smoke from a Galoise. Andre Bourvil created a most convincing portrait of a veteran policeman, whose final coming to the table is as assured as that of Bergmanesque Grim Reaper. Watch the game unfold, while also enjoing the incredible piano arpeggios, brass sections, and a bunch of fantastic supporting-role actors.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Apotheosis of the great French existential crime pictures November 12, 2003
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Jean-Pierre Melville, in many ways, shares some of the brooding
and fatalistic tendencies of his colleagues Marcel Carne (Jour Se
Leve, 1939) and Henri-Georges Clouzot (Quai des Orfevres, 1947).
Yet Melville's ethos is one which, unlike theirs, often delineates character almost entirely through action and gesture.
This makes for compelling viewing, particularly in the case of Melville's late, exquisitely crafted thrillers "Le Samourai" (1967), "Un Flic" (1971), and of course "Le Cercle Rouge" (1970).
A picture of this quality deserves the success it had in limited theatrical runs during the Stateside reissue this past Spring;
Criterion has done a marvellous job with it. I can only encourage anyone with a taste for the sheer visceral pull of
a great film to spend two evenings with the disc: one with
the picture itself, and another to view the special features
on the second disc, many of which are documentary materials that
give a wonderful glimpse of the modest, self-effacing director's
M.O. Another winner from Criterion, which I would give ten stars if I could. Let's hope for "Le Samourai" next!
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4.0 out of 5 stars the passengers August 18, 2003
Format:DVD
Melville's films are all noted for their lack of dialogue. In fact one of his early films was called Silence of the Sea. In many ways it is this silence which gives the films their air of mystery and suspense. His vision is noir inspired but his characters win you over in a way that a lot of characters in American noirs don't. This is perhaps because in Melville's universe there is a kind of rationale which makes the criminals seem more just than the law. To Melville man is a corrupt creature and the criminals are just the ones who accept this fact and live with it while the cops are seen to be acting against their natures. The vision is fatalistic as most noirs are but Melville allows his characters to come to terms with it their own way. Alain Delon is the star of all three Melville films I have seen: Le Samurai, Un Flic and Cercle Rouge. The three each portray the noir universe in Melvilles signature way but each one has something unique to recommend it. Le Samurai is the most austere of the three and is considered to be the masterpiece and Delon is perhaps at his best in this one. Un Flic perhaps has the best supporting cast with Catherine Deneuve and Richard Crenna, and Un Flic is usually penalised for having some shoddy special effects though the actual plot is very strong. Cercle Rouge is longer and not as tightly constructed as the other two, its even a little awkward and eccentric in places(Yves Montands hallucination sequence), but in it Melville gives you his most realized vision of social outcasts surviving(or trying to) outside the law. The criminals barely talk perhaps because they know who they are and this gives them a dignity and even a grace that the cops and informants who endlessly babble on never come close to. Read more ›
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4.0 out of 5 stars This 1970 French crime caper with Melville's auteur touch has held up...
Jean-Pierre Meville's 1970 film LE CERCLE ROUGE (The Red Circle) is a crime caper based on the interplay of several initially unacquainted individuals. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Christopher Culver
4.0 out of 5 stars Le cercle rouge (the criterion collection)
A pretty slow movie and kind of dark, but since it's a classic and it has Alain Delon in it, it's worth watching.
Published 5 months ago by sonia
5.0 out of 5 stars MELVILLE GOES TO BLURAY AND THIS DEFINES COOL!
MELVILLE GOES TO BLURAY AND THIS DEFINES COOL! HOWEVER, I WISH "LE SAMOURAI" AND "BOB THE GAMBLER" COULD HAVE THIS TREATMENT ONE DAY! SEE? Read more
Published 6 months ago by HAN XIAO
1.0 out of 5 stars Stay away
This is not a good film for moral people to see. There is some nudity in this movie. All in all tho, it was a good film... but it had a bad scene... maybe even two.
Published 15 months ago by Little Domin
5.0 out of 5 stars So What if You had to read
What a rip roaring story! Learn to watch the screen and read , You CAN do it. Or go buy the Roseetta Stone. Either way don't miss this film.
Published 17 months ago by halh
5.0 out of 5 stars A Melville Masterpiece
There are so many brilliant subtleties throughout the film that Melville adds to the allure of crime and there are few to none in French cinema that have ever played it off just so... Read more
Published 17 months ago by iblackmovement
4.0 out of 5 stars Le Cercle Rogue Criterion Blu-ray - French Crime Drama
Le Cercle Rouge is 1970 French crime drama from famous director, Jean-Pierre Melville. Unlike the typical Hollywood crime/cop movies that are packed with fast action sequences, Le... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Serkan Okar
5.0 out of 5 stars Oldest son loves it!
He is into films since he is a film editor! Wanted this for a long time! He finally got to watch it.
Published 19 months ago by Pamela A. Charyszyn
2.0 out of 5 stars Great technical quality but does not inspire
This movie just did not live up to what might have been expected from a well packaged Blu-ray product from Criterion. Read more
Published on June 18, 2012 by MelAus
4.0 out of 5 stars I was thinking of the movie "The Day Of The Jackal"
Very artistically done suspense. The bond among the criminals made the movie almost tragic, and Jean-Pierre Melville succeeded creating the scenes with minimum of ingredients:... Read more
Published on June 9, 2012 by Kafishna
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