One of Jean-Pierre Melville's classic American influenced atmospheric French gangster films, this features Alain Delon with veteran stars Andre Bourvil and Yves Montand. Culminating in a beautifully staged diamond heist, Delon, as a criminal recently released from jail, delivers a fine performance in the almost emotionless and minimally expressive manner which epitomises his three Melville films. However, Delon is such a gifted actor that a flicker of the eyes or an almost imperceptible facial movement can convey huge meaning.
As with most Studio Canal releases, the print quality and sound are of a very high standard. This is the only distributor to have released even a minimally representative selection of Alain Delon's films in subtitled versions in the UK and Le Cercle Rouge can be bought individually or as part of a Jean-Pierre Melville boxset. Well worth buying either or both.
It is to be hoped that Studio Canal will continue to release more Delon films. Many titles are available direct from France, of course, but without English subtitles.
Some Delon films are as yet unavailable anywhere on DVD which is difficult to understand given his longstanding international popularity. Let's hope Studio Canal releases these and other titles in the UK.
Le Cercle Rouge ranks among Melville's best work, this copy is excellent, it deserves five stars.