Regularly Beating Up James Ellsworth
Join Date: May 2009
Re: General Movie Discussion Part II
Just watched Le Cercle Rouge, a french crime noir from 1970 by Jean-Pierre Meville. Brilliant movie, and Melville is slowly becoming one of my favourite directors and I've only seen two films of his, the other being Le Samourai. This wasn't quite as good as that, but that's not a bad thing because that's a masterpiece and one of the best movies ever made. This wasn't quite that, but it was still amazing, and so much better than any crime/heist movie since imo. Every scene is just so stylish and incredibly cool, so are the performances. Alain Delon is one of the coolest motherfuckers I've ever seen. The film is stylish, but there's also a ton of substance to back it up with great themes running throughout. The best robbery/heist scene ever put on film imo, so tense and so intricately thought out it's amazing. The last line of dialogue was such a perfect end, and I remember talking about the 'best last lines' or something on here, well, this is up there. Just brings the film to a great conclusion and sums it up perfectly. Brilliant. If you haven't seen the work of Jean-Pierre Meliville then I seriously recommend it to anyone who loves movies, and anyone who wants to see a true master at work.
You will not see a better movie from Melville than Le Samourai. But if you liked Melville i recommend you to saw movies from the Nouvelle Vague/Rive Gauche era.
And if you are interested, Melville makes a cameo in Jean-Luc Godard's "Breathless" (a classic) where he says one of the most popular Godard Quotes “To become immortal, and then die.”