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Elevator to the Gallows (Ascenseur pour l'échafaud) Reviews

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John Hartl
Seattle Times
September 1, 2016
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
August 26, 2016
Elevator to the Gallows, killer stuff.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Tina Hassannia
Village Voice
August 25, 2016
Elevator to the Gallows married a new kind of jazz to a new kind of cinema, and created something altogether sublime.
Kenji Fujishima
Paste Magazine
August 2, 2016
The experiencing of watching Malle's 1958 debut is akin to that of watching a preordained outcome, much like an academic thesis, work itself out, with much of the suspense residing all in the journey rather than the destination.
Full Review | Original Score: 6.9/10
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Aaron Hillis
Village Voice
August 2, 2016
The film's alchemic blend of Bressonian rigor, Hitchcockian suspense, and overall proto-Nouvelle Vague cool more than compensates for its straightforward plotting ...
Kate Muir
Times (UK)
September 23, 2014
Lift to the Scaffold (Ascenseur pour l'échafaud) was the perfect opening to the French New Wave in 1958, sashaying in to a jazz score from Miles Davis and starring Jeanne Moreau as a mistress-in-peril.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Geoffrey Macnab
Independent (UK)
February 14, 2014
Louis Malle's supremely stylish New Wave thriller combines Miles Davis's music, Henri Decae's wonderfully evocative black-and-white cinematography of Paris and plenty of close-ups of a young Jeanne Moreau looking very anguished.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
David Parkinson
Radio Times
February 7, 2014
Malle made his feature directorial debut with this assured thriller, which recalled both the poetic realism of Marcel Carné and the brooding menace of American films noirs.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Peter Bradshaw
February 6, 2014
What a supremely stylish and watchable picture it is.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph (UK)
February 6, 2014
Few debuts come punchier, cooler, and more influential than Louis Malle's 1958 thriller about a Parisian murder plan unravelling, scene by fateful scene.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Jason Wood
Electric Sheep
February 3, 2014
Striking to look at, with each frame resembling an intricately designed photograph ...
Simon Kinnear
Total Film
February 3, 2014
The ambition is bracing, but critical hindsight obscures how exciting Malle's noir thriller is on its own terms.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Emanuel Levy
January 4, 2011
Louis Malle's brilliant feature directorial debut is a stylish film noir, boasting great jazz score and impressive performance from the young Jeanne Moreau.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Dan Jardine
Apollo Guide
August 2, 2008
the score by Miles is a remarkable one, tapping into the jazzy zeitgeist of the time
Full Review | Original Score: 71/100
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Marta Barber
Miami Herald
March 23, 2007
Elevator to the Gallows is a treat for the film buff. Watching Moreau and Malle as they discover each other and a new trend in filmmaking, and listening to Miles Davis during their quest will remind you of what movies are all about.
Michael W. Phillips, Jr.
Goatdog's Movies
November 30, 2006
It's devilishly clever, bleakly hilarious, and fatalistically romantic throughout, a celebration of grand, doomed gestures made for the sake of making them.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
October 5, 2006
Made almost 50 years ago, the black-and-white French classic still grabs you by the throat.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
October 5, 2006
A suspense thriller with a tense, jazzy score and a rich undercurrent of fatalistic irony.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
July 6, 2006
Director-writer Louis Malle's first feature at 26 is a stylish French New Wave noir-ish thriller that never satisfies as much as it should.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Christopher Null
May 9, 2006
Malle has a real knack for showing off the nasty side of humanity
| Original Score: 4/5
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