Elevator to the Gallows (Ascenseur pour l'échafaud) (1958)
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as Julien Tavernier
as Florence Carala
as Simon Carala
as Insp. Cherter
as Mme. Bencker
as Inspector Cherier's assistant
as Attorny of State
as Garage owner
as Horst Bencker
as Chess player at motel
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Critic Reviews for Elevator to the Gallows (Ascenseur pour l'échafaud)
A classic European film noir with an irresistible score by Miles Davis, it builds tension from a series of seemingly minor mistakes that echo the political/military context of the postwar era.
Elevator to the Gallows married a new kind of jazz to a new kind of cinema, and created something altogether sublime.
The film's alchemic blend of Bressonian rigor, Hitchcockian suspense, and overall proto-Nouvelle Vague cool more than compensates for its straightforward plotting ...
Audience Reviews for Elevator to the Gallows (Ascenseur pour l'échafaud)
Elevator to the Gallows is a solid French thriller, that is very similar to Hitchcock movies. There's a lot of suspense, but no twists and turns. We are told everything that it is going on, but there's still a lot of suspense. All of the performances are very good especially Jeanne Moreau. Miles Davis' score is fantastic and suits the movie well. When people say, "they don't make them like they used to;" this is the type of movie that they are referring to.
Clever, atmospheric thriller with a fine Miles Davis score.
a hitchcockian thriller that was not only malle's first film but an anomaly in that he never touched the genre again. what he accomplished with this film at 24 years old is remarkable in that so few other crime stories have ever touched the flawless execution and tension building that we find in this film. the miles davis score is perfect as a tone setter considering he recorded the entire thing in one day. the way the film was shot, the intricacies of the plot, and the excellent acting all come together to form a perfect movie. usually in noir style films the detective character is an emphasis, but the great lino ventura blends into this highly detailed story in an appropriately subtle way. a masterpiece of film making.
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