FORBIDDEN GAMES
JEUX INTERDITS
1952, Rialto Pictures, 86 min, France, Dir: René Clément

When her parents are killed by an air strike while fleeing Paris during the German invasion, 5-year-old Paulette (Brigitte Fossey) wanders into the French countryside, where she encounters 11-year-old peasant boy Michel (Georges Poujouly). As they build a special, secret friendship, the adults around them play their own games of buffoonish peasant feuds. Ultimately beautiful, hilarious and disturbing, this masterpiece of French postwar cinema won the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival and the Oscar for Best Foreign-Language Film.


LE CERCLE ROUGE
1970, Rialto Pictures, 140 min, France/Italy, Dir: Jean-Pierre Melville

“When men, even unknowingly, are to meet one day, whatever may befall each, whatever the diverging paths, on the said day, they will inevitably come together in the red circle.” The three men brought together in this taut crime thriller are recent parolee Alain Delon, escaped prisoner Gian Maria Volontè and ex-cop Yves Montand, who together target a Paris jewelry shop (in a bravura heist sequence to rival RIFIFI’s) while on the run from both the police and a local gangster.


UN FLIC
DIRTY MONEY aka A COP
1971, Rialto Pictures, 98 min, France/Italy, Dir: Jean-Pierre Melville

Catherine Deneuve is at her ravishing best as a mistress caught between two opposing lovers - Alain Delon as a moody vice cop and Richard Crenna as a methodical crook. Melville’s last film, UN FLIC is a hypnotic summation of the director’s world: seedy clubs, rain-slicked streets and one more heist to pull…


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