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Screen/Society--"Le Cercle Rouge" (Jean-Pierre Melville, 1970) | French Film Series

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Friday, February 10, 2023
7:00 pm
Introduced by Ciro Incoronato (Romance Studies). Q&A to follow screening.
French Film Series

CFFS & Screen/Society present the 2023 French Film Series:

"Le Cercle Rouge"
(Jean-Pierre Melville, 1970, 140 min, France, French with English subtitles, DCP)

Alain Delon plays a master thief, fresh out of prison, who crosses paths with a notorious escapee (Gian Maria Volontè) 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. With its honorable antiheroes, coolly atmospheric cinematography, and breathtaking set pieces, 'Le Cercle Rouge' is the quintessential film by Jean-Pierre Melville-the master of ambiguous, introspective crime cinema.

"An existentialist noir painted with the cold hues of grey, blue and green where the only warm touch is the red of blood, of death. Dialogues are reduced to a minimum as Melville displays his iconographic mastery throughout having condensed noir into an immanent palette where images are more expressive words." - MUBI

"Watching 'Le Cercle Rouge,' you feel an excitement at Melville's mastery of form, at the sense of someone working at the height of his powers." - LA Weekly

"Grimly elegant ... Melville films this suspenseful and violent story with tight-lipped precision-he's fascinated by the balletic grace of these life-and-death combatants, and by the depth of hard-won knowledge on which their deadly power depends." - Richard Brody

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