Tuesday, March 18, 2003

Le Cercle Rouge (The Red Circle) dir. Jean-Pierre Melville
Fans of Sam Peckinpah's The Wild Bunch will enjoy this noirish meditation on the point and pointlessness of crime. Melville is a visual stylist par excellence so I felt I was watching a silent film with sparse dialogue instead of intertitles. Watch out for the editing bonbons. The film depicts men being men--tough yet self-mocking--so women are sadly missing from the film. A small complaint about an otherwise unmissable re-release.


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