L'ECLISSE
ECLIPSE
1962, Janus Films, 126 min, Italy/France, Dir: Michelangelo Antonioni

The concluding chapter of Michelangelo Antonioni’s informal trilogy on contemporary malaise (following L'AVVENTURA and LA NOTTE) tells the story of a young woman (Monica Vitti) who leaves one lover (Francisco Rabal) and drifts into a relationship with another (Alain Delon). Using the architecture of Rome as a backdrop for the doomed affair, Antonioni achieves the apotheosis of his style in this return to the theme that preoccupied him the most: the difficulty of connection in an alienating modern world.


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…


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