Le Cercle Rouge

Le Cercle Rouge


Melville famously said of Le Cercle Rouge, that his aim was to shoot film noir in colour, and the coolly muted cinematography by Henri Decae creates a dark existential world against which the film's characters play out their tragic fates.

In the tradition of The Asphalt Jungle and Rififi, the central set-piece of Le Cercle Rouge is the robbery. The modern model for countless heist movies, Alain Delon stars as Corey, a master thief, Yves Montand as Jansen, an alcoholic ex-cop and Italian star Gian-Maria Volonte as escaped criminal Vogel. The trio meticulously plans and spectacularly executes a daring robbery of an up market Parisian jewellery store against impossible odds – with tragic consequences. The star-studded cast was completed by the French comedy legend Andre Bourvil who steals the show as Inspector Mattei (he sadly died shortly before the film was released).

Technical Specs

Director: Jean-Pierre Melville
Year: 1970
Country: France | Italy
Language: French
Duration: 136 min
Colour: Colour
Certificate: PG