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

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June 11, 2005
Incapable of spreading Moreau's passion and sadness to its crime-thriller narrative.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
April 1, 2007
Efficient but soulless.
February 6, 2014
Its constituent parts are great, but just don't come together to make a coherent and satisfying movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
July 23, 2005
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
August 25, 2016
Elevator to the Gallows married a new kind of jazz to a new kind of cinema, and created something altogether sublime.
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
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
September 15, 2005
These 1950s French noirs abandon the formality of traditional crime films, the almost ritualistic obedience to formula, and show crazy stuff happening to people who seem to be making up their lives as they go along.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
July 28, 2005
What makes this swooningly atmospheric movie a true romance is the face of Jeanne Moreau in close-up, at once impassive, devious and tragic as she wanders the rain-soaked streets of nighttime Paris.
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
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 ...
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
September 9, 2005
What turns it fabulous, indeed mythical, is the presence of another entity: Paris at night in the '50s, to the tune of Miles Davis's score as realized in the dappled hues of Henri Decae's gorgeous poetic cinematography.
August 18, 2005
Like a black-and-white Hitchcockian tour of hell.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
May 24, 2003
Louis Malle was just 25 when he made this moody piece of Gallic pulp fiction about a girl, a gun and a broken lift.
May 9, 2006
Malle has a real knack for showing off the nasty side of humanity
| Original Score: 4/5
February 9, 2006
A straightforward but classy thriller.
June 24, 2005
The crisp black-and-white cinematography is the stand out, hugely benefiting from filming on location.... Adding to the melancholy is Miles Davis' sparingly used score.
Full Review | Original Score: '2.75/5'
August 18, 2005
In backwards-thinking terms, Malle was the Tarantino of his day, giving French cinema a creative, influential shot in the arm that opened new horizons in directorial thinking.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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
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