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Elevator to the Gallows (Criterion Collection) (1957)

Cast: Jeanne Moreau, Jeanne Moreau, Maurice Ronet, more...
Director: Louis Malle, Louis Malle
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Studio: Criterion
Genre: Foreign, Criterion Collection
Languages: French
Subtitles: English
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Synopsis
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, All Movie Guide


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Elevator to the Gallows (Criterion Collection) (1957)
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Elevator to the Gallows (Criterion Collection) (Bonus Disc) (1957)
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The French New Wave
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The best of the movement that rocked the world in the late 1950s and 60s (with repercussions and influences still being felt today). This list is meant as a companion piece to my FNW Primer
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