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Le Cercle Rouge

4

Actions trump words at every turn...

Currently touted for remake, Jean-Pierre Melville’s thriller is scarcely improvable: a brilliantly terse, bleakly poetic heist thriller that sees thief Alain Delon and jittery alcoholic ex-cop Yves Montand pulling an audacious jewelstore robbery.

Melville paints a fatalistic world in which actions trump words at every turn, prompting near-silent stretches like the opening escape from police custody and the big steal itself: 20 stunning minutes that riff on Rififi while upping the existential stakes.

Needle-sharp transfer, excellent extras.

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