Quick-Thoughts: Jean-Pierre Melville’s Le Cercle Rouge (1970)

Jean-Pierre Melville Binge Part IV of IV 

Le Cercle Rouge (The Red Circle)’s filler and style prioritization could appear as a tick of an upset in consideration of Jean-Pierre Melville’s previous substance-riddled projects, but the entertaining classic crime traits of the film are what allow the slow-paced getaway/heist thriller to do the trick. It’s another movie that proves that The Coen Brothers wouldn’t be where they’re at now without the hands of Melville.

Verdict: B-

French New Wave Ranked 

“Le Cercle Rouge” is now available to stream on YouTube, iTunes, Google Play, and The Criterion Channel.

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