Elevator to the gallows

Elevator to the gallows

DVD - 2006 | French
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Julien is a former paratrooper, who now works for millionaire arms dealer Simon Carala. He is in love with Florence, Carala's wife. They plan to murder him and make it look like a suicide, but Julien forgets a rather important detail. Leaving the engine of his sports car running, he races up to the office to retrieve it, but fate intervenes, and Julien misses his rendezvous with Florence. She spends the night wandering the Parisian streets alone. Meanwhile brash teenager Louis and his girlfriend Veronique decide to "borrow" the car, which launches a disastrous stream of coincidence with sinister consequences.
Publisher: [New York] : The Criterion Collection, [2006]
Edition: Special ed
ISBN: 9781559409759
1559409754
Branch Call Number: FRE MOVIE ELE
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (ca. 92 min.) : sd., b&w ; 4 3/4 in

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akirakato
Jan 29, 2018

Directed by Louis Malle in 1957 based on the novel by Noël Calef, this French thriller depicts an amazingly and amusingly contrived murder-mistery combined with a now legendary score by Miles Davis.
Although it is an excellent entertainig piece, the German couple could not be killed that easily.
At first, I thought, the German guy would kill the delinquent kid.
In any case, I enjoyed it to the hilt.

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empbee
Jan 22, 2018

It is a good classic film noir of the French New Wave. Enjoyed again after a watching it a second or third time. The acting is very good.

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Liber_vermis
Sep 05, 2017

This crimes-of-passion movie proves the old adage that "the devil is in the details". An added bonus is the discrete jazz sound track provided by the Miles Davis Quartet. A thoroughly entertaining vintage movie.

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1aa
Jul 15, 2017

Although its rather melodramatic, its really stylistic, and the use of music and voice-over by one of the main characters is truly excellent. Its awkward to much more about it because its suspenseful and plot driven, and to make the comments I wish to make would give away several plot twists. Even though its plot driven, it can be re-watched a couple of more times (in just one week!) and find it pleasurable still.

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Nursebob
Nov 01, 2016

Louis Malle’s debut feature film is a devilishly clever bit of pulp fiction brimming with dark irony and a pervasive fatalism. Despite some theatrical dialogue and a few improbable twists—or perhaps because of them—it remains a savvy, suspenseful thriller that keeps you on edge right up to the ingenious Catch-22 ending. Briskly edited and filmed in crisp B&W, it’s headline stars Maurice Ronet and French New Wave darling Jeanne Moreau are in fine form as they sweat and agonize over a fate that seems all but sealed while a dark and stormy night heads toward an uncertain dawn. And having legendary jazz musician Miles Davis supply the largely improvised background score is the final cherry on top.

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midnight_fleur28
Jul 24, 2014

I first saw this when I was about 15. And I loved it so much. This is SUCH a great film. It's an absolute must watch. Jeanne Moreau and Maurice Ronet are spectacular.

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Ron@Ottawa
Jun 25, 2013

This is reportedly a debut film by French director Louis Malle, done when he was only 24 years old. Shot in black-and-white, and probably with a low budget, this film is cleverly executed. Worth a look if you have nothing against B/W films, a 'must' if you are a Malle fan.

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jean2000
Oct 23, 2012

I enjoyed the film. The suspense to figure out the end was good. Im always facinated by the technology used in this films, cars, elevators, photography, a big change. Good movie

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zerfer
Jun 02, 2011

No perseverance needed for these films. It's today's films that we have to suffer thru, now in execrably executed 3D. This film is also art and part of that deal means we get to admire the way it's shot, acted, scripted and edited--and scored (Miles Davis). If you're twiddling your thumbs, reassess why you want to watch these kinds of films. This one is a twisted tale beautifully done. The film has style, and "a" style--that's the point. For a classic example of old values lost, watch the old French "Diabolique" and compare it with its modern remake--note the style in which each is made, and ask whether the new one has any.

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