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Le Cercle Rouge 1970

No place to hide... Nowhere to run

2h 20min | Crime, Drama,


Directed by Jean-Pierre Melville

Screenplay by:

Jean-Pierre Melville


Alain Delon

Gian Maria Volontè

Yves Montand

Produced by:

Robert Dorfmann

Cinematography by:

Henri Decaë

Negative format:

35 mm

(Eastman 100T 5254, Konvas Camera)

Production Companies:

Euro International Film (EIA)

Les Films Corona

Selenia Cinematografica

Le Cercle rouge is a classic gangster movie with some obvious inspiration from American film noir. The French Jean-Pierre Melville has made a trademark of this type of “gangster existentialism” films and inspired, first the New Hollywood movement and then later, directors like Quentin Tarantino. This installment is the second in his trio revolving around the underground gangster brotherhood in France (the other two is: Le Samourai (1967) and Un Flic (1972).