If you haven’t seen the key films by Jean-Pierre Melville, now is a great time to change that. Movies like Bob le Flambeur, Le Samourai, Army of Shadows and Le Cercle Rouge (The Red Circle) have inspired many notable filmmakers and are, simply, magnificent cinematic experiences.

Remarkably, most of his major films have escaped being remade, though John Woo (a major Melville fan) has talked about remaking both Le Samourai and Le Cercle Rouge. The latter passed from his hands into those of Johnnie To, who had actors attached, then it went briefly to John Hillcoat. Now the Le Cercle Rouge remake is in entirely the wrong hands: those of Unknown director Jaume Collet-Serra. Read More »

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Jean-Pierre Melville‘s film Le Cercle Rouge (aka The Red Circle) has been possible remake fodder for years. John Woo had his eye on it at one time (he’s long been a Melville devotee) and over the last couple of years it looked like Johnnie To was going to direct his own version. (Which was an idea that thrilled me, frankly.) Now John Hillcoat is being pursued as the latest director, and is actually talking about the project, at least in cautious terms. Read More »

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