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May 26
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POSTPONED | The Confession Embassy of France - La Maison Française 4101 Reservoir Road, NW - Washington, DC

Jean-Pierre Melville Double Feature at the American Cinematheque!

On Saturday, August 24 at 7:30pm, the American Cinematheque will be hosting a Jean-Pierre Melville double feature with Le Cercle Rouge and Bob Le Flambeur, with in person guests! 

Co-presented by the Alliance Française of Los Angeles in association with the Jean-Pierre Melville Foundation.

The screening will commence with an introduction by Remy Grumbach, Melville's nephew and co-founder of the Jean-Pierre Melville Foundation, moderated by film critic Peter Debruge

In Le Cercle Rouge, 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 while on the run from both the police and a local gangster.

Melville's classic Bob Le Flambeur 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 Le Flambeur was “a letter to a Paris which no longer existed.”

Both films in French with English subtitles.

Le Cercle Rouge
Directed and written by: Jean-Pierre Melville
Starring: Alain Delon, Yves Montand, André Bourvil
Year: 1970
Runtime: 140 min
Language: French with English subtitles
Distributor: Rialto Pictures

Bob Le Flambeur
Directed by: Jean-Pierre Melville
Written by: Jean-Pierre Melville, Auguste Le Breton
Starring: Roger Duchesne, Isabelle Corey, Daniel Cauchy
Year: 1956
Runtime: 98 min
Language: French with English subtitles
Distributor: Rialto Pictures