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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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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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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