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Elevator to the Gallows(1958)

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  • LOUIS MALLE'S FIRST FILM!

    • Raymond Banacki
    • 10/12/15

    Louis Malle's first film is a very talented piece of work, but he put too much emphasis on Jeanne Moreau. He should've devoted more time to Maurice Ronet, her lover. And he should've devoted more time to Georges Poujouly, the young criminal. And he should've devoted more time to everything falling together at the end. Still, for a first-time director, it is a very arresting journey into thriller territory.

  • elevator

    • kevin sellers
    • 6/1/15

    Another Hitchcock type suspense/thriller that the French love to do (I think Truffaut, Chabrol, Rene Clair, and Jean Pierre Melville have all had a crack at this genre, besides Malle.) It's well directed, with lots of interesting plot twists (indeed, too many. I don't think the French were in the habit of arresting rich Parisians who were walking at five a.m. without ID, just so Moreau and the police inspector who eventually busts her will be able to meet) Some of the scenes, like the police interrogation, complete with black background and Miles Davis' nervous, discordant trumpet on the sound track, punctuating the cops' questions, are amazingly good. Sure coulda done with less of Jeanne Moreau wandering around Paris and whining about how much she loves her boyfriend/killer, though. I know I'm supposed to be blown away by this actress, and I have liked her in other films, like "Diary Of A Chambermaid" and "La Notte,", but here she's just your average criminal adulteress. Kind of a Bette Davis wannabe. Let's give it a B. (To get an A it would have had to have given us one person about whom we gave a damn, like the best Hitchcock films do.)

  • First is best for New Wave

    • Barbra
    • 3/31/15

    Maltin is off on this one. Like other New Wavers, Malle's first feature is probably his best, like Goddard's "Breathless" and Truffaut's "400 Blows."

  • Elevator to the Gallows

    • Goetan
    • 8/10/14

    The film that put director Malle and star Moreau on the map. Moreau is the wife of a man murdered by her lover, but the perfect crime, as is common in thriller noir, goes awry. A work of economy and light humour, the film would've been better if it had focused solely on the main couple instead of the other, unnecessary couple. A good, but not great film from Malle. I give it a 3/5.

  • Great Movie!!

    • Gris
    • 4/3/11

    I wasn't too sure of how interesting this film would be from the description, but it turned out to be a really great movie! It was intriguing to see how everything came together at the end. The movie held my interest for the entire duration and despite being in French with subtitles in English, was very easy to follow.

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