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  1. Masoud Einabadi's rating of the film Le cercle rouge

  2. dionysus67's rating of the film Le cercle rouge

    Impeccable piece of cinema both in terms of content (the 'nobility' of crime) and style (the essentially 'mute' proceedings and the formalism of shots), that deploys an altogether 'zen' approach to storytelling: minimalist and holistic, the latter ingeniously transferred into entire set-pieces where movement, natural sounds, body language and props compose a transcendent universe of doom. An astounding film!

  3. Alexander Dunkelberger's rating of the film Le cercle rouge

    These Melville’s are consistently excellent. This is probably his most accomplished that I’ve seen.

  4. Aaron C Jones's rating of the film Le cercle rouge

    "All men are evil." What I loved about this was the complex build-up to the heist. All the different coincidental meetings and corresponding events really made this more than a brilliant heist film (which it was!) I love that Melville made up an epitaph/quote for this film (just like he did with Le samouraï), which is supposed to be the crux of the story. It just cracks me up.

  5. Slappy McGee's rating of the film Le cercle rouge

    Melville throws pace out the window as he slowly unfolds his heist thriller inch-by-inch. Still the character development is spot on. (A Melville strength in his films). There is a LOT of silence and scenes that stretch on with no dialogue for long periods of time. But all the while, Melville is letting the characters' actions show you the way. It's a unique brand of filmmaking that takes some getting use to.

  6. zubee's rating of the film Le cercle rouge

    Well choreographed but the timing is far too slow. Acting was fine though the story is a bit dodgey. 2.5 would be better.

  7. Stuart Norman's rating of the film Le cercle rouge

    Thrilling! The pacing was incredible. Fascinated by the implicit homoerotic undertones between Corey and Vogel.

  8. Myles's rating of the film Le cercle rouge

    Highlight of the Melville retrospective. Sixties style and tantalizing suspense.

  9. Deloret's rating of the film Le cercle rouge

    Saying that Melville has a fetish for cops and robbers would be really undermining his talent to choreograph a proper dance of crime and misdemeanors. Le Cercle Rouge is a film dripping is style and works entirely on Melville's talent to get your accustomed to his pacing.

  10. ArkenUltor's rating of the film Le cercle rouge

    Moody, patiently paced, even relaxing at times. A brilliant film that really captured the feeling of a patient hunter and the crafty prey. Even though it had a slower feel to it, I never got bored. The camera work was very engaging and all of the shots were well thought out. Probably my favorite aspect were all of the settings, especially some of the exorbitant homes with their crackling fireplaces.

  11. Monkey Flix's rating of the film Le cercle rouge

    A good caper film. The only negative is the ridiculous DT scene with the scary iguanas and chameleons crawling on the ex-cop's bed. Make sure you watch that scene with the lights on! The highlight of the movie is the heist scene. It spans a full 27 minutes, has no dialog, no background music, and scant sound effects. Few filmmakers would attempt such a thing, let alone be able to pull it off.

  12. angeldromero's rating of the film Le cercle rouge

    A real deal perfect crime film. There is a sense of quiet desperation or "dangerous serenity" in the midst of everything experienced by the main characters. Great way to get into Melville's contemplative cinema. "All men are guilty. They're born innocent, but it doesn't last. And don't forget: All guilty." The cinematography has a breath of Delvaux night paintings.

  13. CafeGradiva's rating of the film Le cercle rouge

  14. David Perez's rating of the film Le cercle rouge

    Indeed excellent and measured dialogue that maintains tension, and the distended back robbery scene is quite solid; however, somewhat implausible that thieves who plan out a robbery so precisely would allow a way for the night guard to ring the alarm. Passable film. Solid moments. But the glut of 5 star ratings are off base. 2 1/2 stars at best.

  15. Duncan Gray's rating of the film Le cercle rouge

    Melville's style is sparse, but precise. The economy of each shot and cut is remarkable for a film that maintains intrigue at over two hours with no more dialogue than needed. Some parts of the plot have to be inferred, but this is a masterful genre parable, inventing a Buddhist idiom and playing with moral codes. All you fans of the strong-and-silent Michael Mann school of action cinema, it comes from a Frenchman.

  16. Gonzelush Thompson's rating of the film Le cercle rouge

    Duetul Jean-Pierre Melville/Alain Delon rămâne inegalabil la capitolul estetică a cadrului. Masterpiece, la fel ca și Samuraiul.

  17. mubianer's rating of the film Le cercle rouge

    DCP. 4.5 stars. I think this is even better than Le Samurai. The way the main characters met is perhaps a little random, but funny still. The robbery scene is amazing, I forgot I was watching a film for minutes. I was IN the film.

  18. petit astronaute's rating of the film Le cercle rouge

  19. FISCHER's rating of the film Le cercle rouge

    Cette avant-dernière oeuvre, tournée à "l'américaine" nous maintient en haleine continuellement et comporte un excellent moment de bravoure : la scène du cambriolage. L'ambition de Melville n'est pas de nous faire croire à son histoire, mais de nous la conter avec talent. Il y réussit parfaitement... www.cinefiches.com

  20. ammar's rating of the film Le cercle rouge

  21. Wee Hunk's rating of the film Le cercle rouge

    A man who only has cats for friends is very jealous of man who has fancy jewels, and so he shoots him. Blatantly unfair, but so French.

  22. Balthaz21's rating of the film Le cercle rouge

  23. ermete polpette's rating of the film Le cercle rouge

  24. Fabio Osvaldo Carta's rating of the film Le cercle rouge

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