Genre Guesstimation – The Red Circle (1970)


The idea behind this feature (Genre Guesstimation) is for me to watch a bunch of new movies (or ones that I haven’t seen many times) from the chosen monthly GG genre in order to expand my knowledge of movies within that particular genre.

This month’s genre has been chosen by Howard Casner of Ranting and Ravings and we will be reviewing our favorite French Film Noir.

Please get me your submissions by the 25th of Jul by sending them to noirhoward@movierob.net

Try to think out of the box! Great choice Howard!

Let’s see if I felt that this movie would be worthy of being in the company of my others favorite movies in the genre of French Film Noir…..

“All men are guilty. They’re born innocent, but it doesn’t last.” – The Police Chief

Number of Times Seen – 1 (18 Jul 2020)

Brief Synopsis – A thief on parole joins together with an escaped convict and a former policeman to perpetrate the perfect heist of a jewelry store.

My Take on it – Anyone who knows me, knows that this month’s genre is not one that I usually am drawn to.

This made things a bit more difficult to find films to watch, but in my constant journey to expand my film knowledge into realms that I am less familiar and comfortable with, I was able to find some very interesting movies to watch for this series.

I have always enjoyed a well thought out heist film and this film does it superbly.

They manage to present the three main characters really well and find a way to develop each of them in a thoughtful way that makes us more interested in all that happens to them, especially while they try to avoid the authorities.

The way that they show the heist is superbly done because we get to see the planning and execution of it all in a clear and concise way.

The heist itself is presented in almost absolute silence (almost as well as they did it in Rififi (1955) 15 years earlier) which adds to the suspense of it all because we feel the caution that they experience as it all transpires.

The story itself is paced really well and they keep things so compelling and thrilling throughout which helps make things so much more enjoyable to watch unfold.

Bottom Line – Really enjoyable heist film that is able to take three very different characters and join them together for an unconventional heist.  They do a nice job developing each of the characters to a point where we can care about what will happen to them as they try and stay safe from the police trying to catch them. The heist itself is planned and presented really well and the fact that they manage to do it in near silence just like in Rififi (1955) helps raise the suspense level throughout. The story progresses in a compelling way that manages to stay realistic and suspenseful as things move along at a fast pace. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The heist sequence lasts for exactly 27 minutes and features no dialogue at all. (From IMDB)

Genre Grandeur Worthy? – Comes quite close. The characters and story are quite compelling and they find a way to keep the story flowing at a thrilling pace.

Rating – Globe Worthy (8/10)

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One thought on “Genre Guesstimation – The Red Circle (1970)

  1. Pingback: Genre Grandeur July Finale – Grisbi (1954) – Rantings and Ravings | MovieRob

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