Elevator to the gallows

Elevator to the gallows

DVD - 2006 | French
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Florence Carala and her lover Julien Tavernier, an ex-paratrooper, want to murder her husband by faking a suicide.
Publisher: Irvington, NY : The Criterion Collection, [2006]
Edition: 2-disc widescreen special ed.
ISBN: 9781559409759
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (ca. 92 min.) : sd., b&w ; 4 3/4 in.


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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.

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.

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.

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.

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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