Circle Films

From the Audiovisual Identity Database, the motion graphics museum

Note: Not to be confused with ABC Circle Films.


Circle Films was a film production company, a subsidary of Washington D.C.'s Circle Theatres, a theatrical chain, and ran alongside film distributor Circle Releasing Corporation. It was headed by Ben Barenholtz and Ted Pedas. The company's most notable credit was the Coen Brothers' debut film, Blood Simple.

Logo (1980s)

Visuals: On a black background, a stylized circle border with red, orange, yellow, white, blue and green eases back, starting from its left side and ends in the middle. It then flashes for a brief moment as "CIRCLE FILMS" eases into the inside of the circle and once there, shines. After a moment, the words "Circle Releasing Corporation" shines in as well as the top logo shines as well.

Variant: A year in Roman numerals may appear in the lower-left screen.

Technique: Computer animation.

Audio: A majestic and lush orchestrated fanfare with hits that are synced with the flashes. Sometimes it's silent.

Availability: Seen on Salvation!: Have You Said Your Prayers Today?, released on VHS by Vista Home Video and appeared on U.S. theatrical prints of Letter to Brezhnev, as well as the original VHS release from Karl-Lorimar Home Video. Current prints of said film cut it out, however. Possibly appeared on original theatrical prints of Blood Simple, but video prints don't have it.
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