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Elevator to the Gallows (Ascenseur pour l'échafaud) (1958)

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Starring (View all)
Jeanne Moreau Jeanne Moreau
Florence Carala
Maurice Ronet Maurice Ronet
Julien Tavernier
Yori Bertin Yori Bertin
Véronique
Jean Wall Jean Wall
Simon Carala
Elga Andersen Elga Andersen
Frieda Bencker
Micheline Bona Micheline Bona
Geneviève
Gisèle Grandpré Gisèle Grandpré
Jacqueline Mauclair


Written by
Louis Malle Louis Malle
(adaptation)


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A great classic

10 years, 9 months ago at Feb 11 14:11
It was Louis Malle's first movie and his first movie was already a masterpiece. A great film noir with a very famous soundtrack provided by Miles Davis.
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Description: This is an excellent example of "theatre of the absurd", filmed as a "film noir" suspense thriller. "Theatre of the absurd" posits that the universe is a random entity where nothing is likely to happen as expected. I believe Camus and other French writers of his era were the principle exponents of this view of life. Well, here we have certainly an example. A businessman (Julien Tavernier, played by Maurice Ronet), in love with his boss's wife (Florence Carala, played by Jeanne Moreau), plans a murder to look like suicide. This involves using a grappling hook and rope to enable him to climb up a f ... (more)
Release date: 29 January 1958
Tags: Film Noir (8), 1950s (8), Crime (7), French (7), 1958 (6), Thriller (5), Elevator (5), France (5), Based On Novel (4), B&w (4), Noir (3), Drama (3), Murder (3), Criterion (2), Bw (2), Foreign Language (2), New Wave (2), Non-american Noir (1), Critierion (1), Maurice Ronet (1)
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