Master thief Corey (Alain Delon) is fresh out of prison. But instead of toeing the line of law-abiding freedom, he finds his steps leading back to the shadowy world of crime, crossing those of a notorious escapee (Gian Maria Volonté) and alcoholic ex-cop (Yves Montand). As the unlikely trio plots a heist against impossible odds, their trail is pursued by a relentless inspector (Bourvil), and fate seals their destinies. Jean-Pierre Melville's Le cercle rouge combines honorable anti-heroes, coolly atmospheric cinematography, and breathtaking set pieces to create a masterpiece of crime cinema.
Excerpts from Cinéastes de notres temps; Jean-Pierre Melville (portrait en 9 poses)
New video interviews with the author ofMelville on Melville, Rui Nogueira, and assistant director Bernard Stora
30 minutes of rare on-set footage featuring interviews with director Melville, and stars Alain Delon, Yves Montand, and André Bourvil
Original theatrical trailer and 2003 Rialto Pictures re-release trailer
Production and publicity stills, poster gallery
24-page booklet featuring new essays by film critics Michael Sragow and Chris Fujiwara, an introduction from filmmaker John Woo, a reprinted interview with composer Eric Demarsan and excerpts from Melville on Melville