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The Red Circle
Dir.: Jean-Pierre Melville | 140 minutes

The Red Circle

France, Italy 1970 | 140 minutes | French | Hebrew, English subtitles

Three men – a former convict, a fugitive, and a bitter alcoholic – plan a perfect jewelry heist. Their fate depends upon an uncompromising police superintendent who believes there is an element of ‘guilt’ in everyone. The whiz of gangster films, Jean-Pierre Melville, is loyal to his minimalistic style, and although produced 50 years ago, this exemplary Parisian Western – an electrifying, yet subtle, philosophical allegory – is more invigorating than most contemporary commercial productions. From its creative script, through Alain Delon, Gian Maria Volontè, and Yves Montand’s perfect performances, to Melville’s meticulous direction – the objective is to maintain its heroes’ humanity.