Posted in Films from 30’s to 60’s, French film, New Wave Cinema

LE CIRCLE ROUGE (1970)

Corey is a cool, aristocratic thief, released from prison on the same day that Vogel, a murderer, escapes from the custody of the patient Mattei, a cat-loving police superintendent. Corey robs Rico, his mob boss, then enlists Vogel and an ex-police sharpshooter, Jansen, in a jewel heist. While Corey is harried by the vengeful Rico, Mattei pressures Santi, a nightclub owner and pimp, to help him trap the thieves. Over all hangs the judgment of the police directeur, that every man is guilty. Captain Mattei, the role played by Bourvil, was originally offered to Lino Ventura; the role of Jansen, played by Yves Montand, was originally offered to Paul Meurisse; and Jean-Paul Belmondo was originally planned to play the role of Vogel ultimately played by Gian Maria Volonté. Jean-Pierre Melville said he originally wrote a version of the jewel heist scene in 1950, but after The Asphalt Jungle (and, later, Rififi) came out, he shelved the idea until 1970. Director Jean-Pierre Melville’s green Ford Mustang can be seen in the line of cars at the Corey’s (‘Alain Delon’) first border crossing. One of Aki Kaurismäki’s favorite films. The heist scene lasts 25 minutes, with no word being spoken. enjoy this one as I did.

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