THE RED CIRCLE (Jean-Pierre Melville, 1970)

This may be Jean-Pierre Melville’s most concentrated film, and it is certainly so during the jewel heist and its tragic aftermath. Le cercle rouge is about Paris, loyalty, and evil so bone-deep it is scarcely recognized as such by the one toting it: Le Commissaire Mattei, who believes he is simply doing his job in […]

THE CONSTANT FACTOR (Krzysztof Zanussi, 1980)

The following is one of the entries from my 100 Greatest Films list, which I invite you to visit on this site if you haven’t already done so. This is a different list than the 100 Greatest English-Language Films one, although a few entries overlap. — Dennis For whatever reason(s), Krzysztof Zanussi has participated in […]