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NOIR: Le Cercle Rouge

(Rated M)

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"All men are guilty"

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Overview

When criminal Corey (Alain Delon) is released from a Marseille prison, he vows to never return. Despite his best efforts, he is quickly pulled back into the seedy Parisian underworld after a chance encounter with escaped murderer Vogel (Gian Maria Volonte). Along with troubled former policeman Jansen (Yves Montand), the pair plot a high-stakes jewel heist while trying to remain one step ahead of the law. Known for its breathtaking climactic heist sequence and Chandleresque visual stylings, Le Cercle Rouge is an underseen crime genre classic.

Why You Should See This Film

The neo-noir aesthetics and breathless pacing of French New Wave director Jean-Pierre Melville (Le Samouraï) have influenced multiple generations of filmmakers. From John Woo and Michael Mann to William Friedkin and Quentin Tarantino, the major cultural impact of Le Cercle Rouge continues even today. And who could possibly look past the effortless French cool exuded by square-jawed matinee idol Alain Delon. Mon dieu!

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  • Year: 1970
  • Rating: M
  • Director: Jean-Pierre Melville
  • Cast: Alain Delon, Yves Montand, Andre Bourvil
  • Duration: 140 minutes
  • Language: French with English subtitles
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