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(aka 'Elevator to the Gallows' or 'Elevator to the Scaffold' or 'Frantic' or 'Lift to the Scaffold')

Directed by Louis Malle
France 1958

 

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.

 

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Theatrical Release: January 29th, 1958

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Comparison:

Criterion - Region 1 - NTSC vs. Curzon Artificial Eye - Region 'B' - Blu-ray

 

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Only available, at present, as part of the Curzon / Artificial Eye's 10 disc The Louis Malle Collection:

Distribution Criterion Collection - Spine # 335 - Region 1 - NTSC Curzon Artificial Eye - Region 'B' - Blu-ray
Runtime 1:31:21  1:31:06.041
Video 1.66:1 Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 7.87 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

1080P / 23.976 fps Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 26,647,886,694 bytes

Feature: 26,277,470,208 bytes

Video Bitrate: 34.99 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

Bitrate:

Bitrate: Blu-ray

Audio French (Dolby Digital 1.0)  LPCM Audio French 1536 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1536 kbps / 16-bit
Subtitles English, None English, None
Features

Release Information:
Studio: Criterion

Aspect Ratio:
Original Aspect Ratio 1.66:1

Edition Details:

• New interview with actor Jeanne Moreau (17:58)
• Archival interviews with Louis Malle (17:04), actors Maurice Ronet (4:36) and Moreau, and original soundtrack session pianist René Urtreger

• Malle and Moreau at Cannes (10:38)
• Footage of Miles Davis and Louis Malle from the soundtrack recording session
• New video program about the score with jazz trumpeter Jon Faddis and critic Gary Giddins (24:58)
• Malle's student film Crazeologie, featuring the title song by Charlie Parker (6:16)
• Theatrical trailers
• Liner notes booklet featuring essay by critic Terrence Rafferty, an interview with Louis Malle, and a tribute by film producer Vincent Malle 

DVD Release Date: April 25th, 2006

Double thick keep case
Chapters: 22

Release Information:
Studio: Curzon Artificial Eye

Aspect Ratio:
Original aspect Ratio 1.37:1

1080P / 23.976 fps Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 26,647,886,694 bytes

Feature: 26,277,470,208 bytes

Video Bitrate: 34.99 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

Edition Details:

• None

Blu-ray Release Date: October 16th, 2017
Custom
Blu-ray Case
Chapters:
12

 

 

Comments:

NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.

ADDITION: Curzon Artificial Eye - Region 'B'  Blu-ray - November 2017: Firstly. Curzon / Artificial Eye's 10 Blu-ray disc The Louis Malle Collection set that includes Lift to the Scaffold, Les amants, Zazie dans le Metro, Le Feu Follet, Le souffle au coeur, Lacombe, Lucien, Black Moon, My Dinner with Andre, Au Revoir les Enfants and Milou en Mai. It also has a 100 page booklet.

The Criterion DVD was in the 1.66:1 aspect ratio where the new UK Blu-ray is 1.37:1. It's darker, obvious - shows more information in the frame  on all 4 edges - and has a max'ed out bitrate. It looks marvelous in-motion. Very impressive contrast and pleasing textures.

The audio - and notable Miles Davis is in linear PCM (16-bit) in the original French language and the uncompressed sounds rich and so sweet - every note exporting meaning. Dialogue is clear and the Region 'B' Blu-ray has optional English subtitles.

No extras on this disc, but the package does have all the other films (reviews coming as soon as we can) and the 100 page booklet.

***

ON THE DVD: 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.  

Gary W. Tooze

 


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Only available, at present, as part of the Curzon / Artificial Eye's 10 disc The Louis Malle Collection:

Distribution Criterion Collection - Spine # 335 - Region 1 - NTSC Curzon Artificial Eye - Region 'B' - Blu-ray




 

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