“A dazzling epic of love, guns, gangsters and cigarettes”
Alain Delon stars as Corey, a recently released con who is tipped off about a prestigious jewellery store that's a prime target for a hold up. He then proceeds to assemble a crack team of thieves, including an alcoholic ex-cop with expert marksmanship played by Yves Montand.
Jean-Pierre Melville's nihilistic, mature work encompasses all the late filmmakers obsessions and visual flair in a film that has now become synonymous with the heist genre. Any filmmaker worth their mettle would do well to study the unbearably tense and revered 30 minute, wordless jewelry heist that is Le Cercle Rouge's thrilling centerpiece.