Elevator to the Gallows [Criterion Collection] [2 Discs] [DVD] [1958]

  • SKU: 7747049
  • Release Date: 04/25/2006
  • Rating: NR
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Special Features


  • New, restored high-definition digital transfer
  • Theatrical trailers
  • New and improved English subtitle translation
  • New interview with actor Jeanne Moreau
  • Archival interviews with director Louis Malle, actors Maurice Ronet and Jeanne Moreau, and original soundtrack session pianist René Urtreger
  • Footage of Miles Davis and Louis Malle from the soundtrack recording session
  • New video program about the score, with jazz trumpeter Jon Faddis and critic Gary Giddins
  • Malle's student film Crazeologie, featuring the title song by Charlie Parker
  • Plus a booklet featuring a new essay by critic Terrence Rafferty, an interview with Louis Malle, and a tribute by film producer Vincent Malle

Synopsis


Ascenseur pour l'echafaud
The feature-film debut of famed director Louis Malle is an interesting, modern film noir with the classic theme of lovers plotting to kill the husband and make it look like suicide (reminiscent of The Postman Always Rings Twice). Jeanne Moreau, as Florence Carala, gives an astonishing performance, perverse but naive as she leads her young lover down a path that can only lead to doom for both of them. Malle and his cinematographer Henri Decae make extensive use of Paris at night, giving the film the feel of claustrophobia and desperation reminiscent of the classic noir films. The excellent score by Miles Davis adds to the entire effect of this mystery thriller. ~ Linda Rasmussen, Rovi

Cast & Crew


  • Jeanne Moreau
    Jeanne Moreau - Florence Carala
  • Maurice Ronet
    Maurice Ronet - Julien Tavernier
  • Georges Poujouly
    Georges Poujouly - Louis
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    Felix Marten - Subervie
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    Jean Wall - Simon Carala



Overall customer rating

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    One of Malle's Best plus Miles Davis Score

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    The only exposure I had with Mr. Louis Malle was his last film in 1994, the experimental Vanya at 42nd street. A stark contrast to his first full feature noir film in 1957, Elevator to the Gallows (Original title: Ascenseur pour l’échafaud ) “I was split between my tremendous admiration for Robert Bresson and the temptation to make a Hitchcock-like film,” was how director Louis Malle described his debut feature, made when he was just 24. In fact the film stands at a stylistic crossroads between the French cinema of the classic period and the new wave films that were about to usher in a new mode of expression a year later. The excellent score by Miles Davis (a soundtrack worth picking up, jazz aficionado or not) heightens the unpredictability of the plot with freeform jazz and grooves while, at its core, provides one of cinema’s most pensive musical themes: a majestically remote trumpet. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. https://ryanrod14.wordpress.com/2015/11/08/elevator-to-the-gallows-ascenseur-pour-lechafaud-1957/

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