Tuesday, 3 July 2018

Capital Celluloid 2018 - Day 183: Wed Jul 11

Le Cercle Rouge (Melville, 1970): Prince Charles Cinema, 8.35pm

This 35mm presentation is part of the Classic Film season at the Prince Charles. Details here.

Chicago Reader review:
Jean-Pierre 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.
The film's central sequence is a superbly executed silent jewel robbery in the Place Vendôme.
Chris Peachment

Here (and above) is the trailer.

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