(aka 'Elevator to the Gallows' or 'Elevator to the Scaffold' or 'Frantic' or 'Lift to the Scaffold')
In his mesmerizing debut, twenty-four-year-old director Louis Malle brought together the beauty of Jeanne Moreau, the camerawork of Henri Decaë, and the now legendary score by Miles Davis. A touchstone of the careers of both its star and director, Elevator to the Gallows (Ascenseur pour l'échafaud) is a richly atmospheric thriller of mistaken identity unfolding over one tense night in Paris.
Theatrical Release: January 29th, 1958
DVD Review: Criterion - Region 1 - NTSC
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|Audio||french (Dolby Digital 1.0)|
interview with actor Jeanne Moreau (17:58)
and Moreau at Cannes (10:38)
Fabulous package by Criterion. Absolutely everything about it is top notch - a great image -> super detail, fabulous contrast. Extras on the second disc are all very interesting - I especially enjoyed the new interview with Jeanne Moreau and the archival one with Malle. The Miles Davis stuff is tremendous - the short student film was... well, a student film. Overall, it misses nothing except a commentary.
Regarding the film - I was extremely impressed and rank it as a new favorite noir. Brilliantly paced with plot details revealed frugally. It follows no typical crime-film formula, but climaxes with blunt practicality. I was surprised how much I enjoyed this - I loved every minute. This is a true Film Noir.