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.


A BULLET FOR THE GENERAL
EL CHUNCHO, QUIEN SABE?
1966, 135 min, Italy, Dir: Damiano Damiani

After a spectacular train robbery, Gian Maria Volonte (A FISTFUL OF DOLLARS) finds he’s got a new partner – dapper, arrogant gringo Lou Castel for running guns to legendary General Jaime Fernandez. With Klaus Kinski as bandito “El Santo.” In English.


FOR A FEW DOLLARS MORE
PER QUALCHE DOLLARO IN PIU
1965, MGM Repertory, 130 min, Italy, Dir: Sergio Leone

Sergio Leone’s sequel to FISTFUL stars Clint Eastwood and Lee Van Cleef as rival bounty hunters who wind up tracking the same man (Gian Maria Volonte). The final three-way shootout ranks with the greatest set pieces in moviemaking history.


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