Le Cercle Rouge (Melville, 1970): BFI Southbank, NFT2, 8.20pm
This film, part of the Passport to Cinema season at BFI Southbank, is also being screened on May 27th. Details here.
Time Out review:
Melville's special achievement was to relocate the American gangster
film in France, and to incorporate his own steely poetic and
philosophical obsessions. He described this, his penultimate film, as a
digest of the nineteen definitive underworld set-ups that could be found
in John Huston's picture of doomed gangsters, The Asphalt Jungle.
Darker, more abstract and desolate than his earlier work, this shows,
set piece by set piece, the breakdown of the criminal codes under which
Melville's characters had previously operated.
Here is the trailer.