Thursday, May 27, 2010
Gautama's Circle Of Red
"Siddhartha Gautama, the Buddha, drew a circle with a piece of red chalk and said: '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.'"
Le Cercle Rouge- A chance meeting on the road. Two guys on the wrong side of the law. One a murderer and the other a thief. They form a team, helping each other out of their own mess while travelling between Marseille and Paris. They decide to team up for a heist together. All this while being pursued by a veteran cop whose got to proove something. The murderer having escaped from him earlier.
Whats really cool is, the film is very unhurried but never feels sluggish. This is old school story telling. A forgotten craft.
Sometimes there is so much you can learn as a character takes his time going up the steps or through his room to answer the door bell. Old school editing. Very interesting to watch. And used effectively in this film.
Very atmospheric, 70's Paris-gorgeous to look at, very minimal dialog, most of the film is all 'eyes' and directed with such craft. You don't really empathize with the characters but you still are riveted by the drama which unfolds. A climax, which takes you by surprise.
Jean Pierre Melville's classic. Unmissable.