New 4K Digital Restoration
The Red Circle (Le Cercle Rouge)
Directed by Jean-Pierre Melville
$12 / $8 Speed and Alliance Française members
“Le Cercle Rouge offers the kind of experience that makes you glad movies exist.”—A.O. Scott, The New York Times
The Red Circle is a powerful in-depth study of the French criminal underworld, with striking performances by Alain Delon and Yves Montand. Featuring one of the most taught heist sequences in the history of cinema, this restoration brings back one of the top world cinema classics of the crime genre not to be missed.
When French criminal Corey (Delon) gets released from prison, he resolves to never return. He is quickly pulled back into the underworld, however, after a chance encounter with escaped murderer Vogel (Gian Maria Volonte). Along with alcoholic former policeman Jansen (Montand), they plot an intricate jewel heist. All the while, quirky Police Commissioner Mattei (Bourvil), who was the one to lose custody of Vogel, is determined to find him. 1970, France, 4K DCP, in French with English subtitles, 140 minutes. Recommended for 12+.