Barossa Film Club presents a glistening gem among caper movies “Le Cercle Rouge” (“The Red Circle”), made by acclaimed Director Jean-Pierre Melvile and released in 1970. This is a classic police procedural meets heist movie, a stylish neo-noir which set a benchmark for similar films of the future.
The story: Corey (Alain Delon) is the young gun in the French underworld, who has just been released from prison. Escaped convict Vogel (Gian-Maria Volonté) hides in the trunk of Corey’s car. The two enlist the help of an alcoholic former cop (Yves Montand) for an elaborate jewelry-store robbery. Police inspector Mattei (Bourvil) whom Vogel escaped in the beginning of the film is on the case trying to recapture the criminals. He is not opposed to using blackmail techniques to get answers out of the unwilling witnesses and criminals brought in for questioning.
Critics raved over the film when it was released and continue to regard it as the benchmark for films of this genre.
The film will screen at the Faith Wine Centre on Friday 16th October, with the short Netherlands film “Chopper” showing at 7.30 followed by a refreshment break and then the main attraction, “Le Cercle Rouge”.