Aero Theatre
1328 Montana Avenue,
Santa Monica, CA 90403 Map
Sat, Aug 24, 2019
7:30pm

Jean-Pierre Melville Double Feature! In Person Guests!
LE CERCLE ROUGE / BOB LE FLAMBEUR
Co-presented by the Alliance Française of Los Angeles in association with the Jean-Pierre Melville Foundation
Introduction by Remy Grumbach, the director's nephew and co-founder of the Jean-Pierre Melville Foundation, moderated by Peter Debruge.
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 Volonte 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.


BOB LE FLAMBEUR
1956, Rialto Pictures, 98 min, France, Dir: Jean-Pierre Melville

Inspired by John Huston’s THE ASPHALT JUNGLE, Melville’s classic film is less a true noir than (in the director’s words) “a comedy of manners” - a romantic meditation on Montmartre, faithless women, old pros and casinos waiting to be knocked over. Suffused with an overwhelming sense of nostalgia, BOB was “a letter to a Paris which no longer existed.”


Both films in French with English subtitles. | Screening format: DCP
Aero Theatre • Sat, Aug 24, 2019 • 7:30pm