Ascenseur pour l'échafaud (Elevator to the Gallows) (Lift to the Scaffold) (Frantic) Reviews
Arthouse Rating: 2.5 stars
Elevator To The Gallows is the only truly acclaimed work of Malle that I've seen. While it was unique, following two criminal couples with baggage in France, it wasn't particularly good. For one everything felt to coincidental, everything happened at the wrong time, or right time depending on how you viewed the film. I was viewing it rooting against the protagonists. All four of them, I was cheering for the police. Therefore the ending actually did bring some joy to me. I doubt this is how Malle intended to deliver the film though. I also felt like the female performances were amateur. The men did alright, but the woman didn't seem convincing at all. I feel like my rating is a tad rough, but honestly I didn't catch the hype. I'm not saying it's overrated, just not of value to me. I will say though, some scenes looked gorgeous.
Julien Tavernier seems to have life set. He is a successful business man, is banging a hot married woman on the side, and is making plenty of money. One day the husband of the woman Julien is sleeping with starts getting wise to their activity and Julien kills him and disposes of the body; unfortunately, murder can be more challenging than a business transaction and life is flipped upside down for Julien.
"Is this a joke? It's not a joke?"
Louis Malle, director of May Fools, Damage, Alamo Bay, Crackers, The Thief of Paris, The Lovers, Black Moon, and My Dinner with Andre, delivers Elevator to the Gallows. The storyline for this picture is kind of slow and methodical with some thriller elements sprinkled in here and there. The acting is okay and the cast includes Jeanne Moreau, Maurice Ronet, and Georges Poujouly.
"Don't sneer at war. It's your bread and butter."
I recently came across this on Turner Classic Movies (TCM) and decided to give it a shot so I DVR'd it. I recently watched this and felt it was a bit bland, just okay, and not very...thrilling. There is a nice conclusion here; but other than that, I'd probably skip this.
"It's the same man...I'm telling you!"