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
1559409754
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (ca. 92 min.) : sd., b&w ; 4 3/4 in.

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Dolly9433
Jul 24, 2018

Ok, is this story: Fiction or Non-fiction? :) lol.... The movie title is very be-fitting. :) lol I really enjoyed the suspense, theme, plot and everything about it. It was gripping and lead the audience on a suspensful thrill-ride or chase till the end! I thought it was well-done and delivered entertainment. It was a bit over-the-top and cleverly executed; :) but good, nonetheless. French I find make truly great artists, musicians and theatrics. Do see it - I urge you. Bravo.

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duanetucker
Jul 02, 2018

Interesting as Malle’s freshman outing — but the story itself is contrived and truly preposterous. The extras, however, are another matter entirely, particularly the material dealing with Miles Davis and his improvised film score. Absolutely fascinating.

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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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