LE CERCLE ROUGE
1970, Rialto Pictures, 140 min, France/Italy, Dir: Jean-Pierre Melville

“When men, even unknowingly, are to meet one day, whatever may befall each, whatever the diverging paths, on the said day, they will inevitably come together in the red circle.” The three men brought together in this taut crime thriller are recent parolee Alain Delon, escaped prisoner Gian Maria Volontè and ex-cop Yves Montand, who together target a Paris jewelry shop (in a bravura heist sequence to rival RIFIFI’s) while on the run from both the police and a local gangster.


UN FLIC
DIRTY MONEY aka A COP
1971, Rialto Pictures, 98 min, France/Italy, Dir: Jean-Pierre Melville

Catherine Deneuve is at her ravishing best as a mistress caught between two opposing lovers - Alain Delon as a moody vice cop and Richard Crenna as a methodical crook. Melville’s last film, UN FLIC is a hypnotic summation of the director’s world: seedy clubs, rain-slicked streets and one more heist to pull…


LE SAMOURAÏ
1967, Janus Films, 101 min, France/Italy, Dir: Jean-Pierre Melville

Director Jean-Pierre Melville’s best-known film stars Alain Delon as uber-cool assassin Jeff Costello, roaming the nasty streets of Paris looking for the slugs who betrayed him. PULP FICTION, HEAT, THE KILLER - this is where neo-noir truly begins, in the film’s steely, artificial blues and grays, in the alien beauty of Delon’s hitman. “A prose poem of silences and gestures interrupted by the occasional crack of a gun and a whispery sigh.” - Manohla Dargis, L.A. Weekly.


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