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French heist movie half in colour, half in B&W?

Last saw this on BBC2 in about 1979. Am pretty sure it was set in Marseilles. The present day was in black & white. The flash backs were colour. There was a restaurant in it with dozens of mis-matched frames....
asked Apr 4, 2014 in Name That Movie by Wycksteed (2 points)

"Le Cercle Rouge"(1970) aka 'The Red Circle'

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0065531/

'Though severely cut, The Red Circle doesn't exactly sweep along. It has a deliberate pace as Melville sets up the story of three chance acquaintances who plan and carry out the sacking of a supposedly impregnable jewelry store...Understatement is the method of the film, from Melville's pared-down screenplay to the performances by the three trenchcoated principals, even to the muted photography by Henri Decae, which is in color but also has the chilly effect of black and white.'

You can watch the trailer here.....

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3AeNJqpi5GI

 

 

It's not Le Cercle Rouge - it is filmed half in black and white (present day) and half in colour (flashback)
I gave it a shot! Here is a list of 37 films set in France, shot in B&W and color, from 1950-1978. Good luck!

http://www.imdb.com/search/title?colors=color,black_and_white&locations=france&release_date=1950,1978&title_type=feature
Thank you, Sandy!  I should have said that I rented Le Cercle Bleu about a year ago, just to see if that was it but alas, no.  Thanks again.
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