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

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
August 26, 2016
Elevator to the Gallows, killer stuff.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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 film's alchemic blend of Bressonian rigor, Hitchcockian suspense, and overall proto-Nouvelle Vague cool more than compensates for its straightforward plotting ...
April 1, 2007
Efficient but soulless.
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.
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
April 7, 2006
Henri Decaë's black-and-white cinematography brings out the melancholy mystery of Paris' boulevards and cafes, and Ms. Moreau, shot with natural lighting and without make-up, is like a mournful goddess of glamour.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
February 9, 2006
A straightforward but classy thriller.
October 14, 2005
The plot crackles with energy and misdirection, while the black-and-white film sharpens angles and amplifies the shadows lurking in every hallway.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
September 22, 2005
The movie's most compelling element of all is Moreau, wandering the nighttime streets trying to find her lover. It's as if she's blown from one cafe to the next on a blended wind of passion, dread and the lonely trumpet wail.
Read More | Original Score: B+
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
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 19, 2005
As French crime thrillers go, this is about as good as it gets. It's also an important film historically, and to top it off, the jazz score, by Miles Davis, is famous in its own right.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
July 28, 2005
A consummate entertainment rich with the romantic atmosphere of Paris in the 1950s.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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.
July 22, 2005
The tasty 1957 noir thriller that introduced the world to French filmmaker Louis Malle, who at the time was a 24-year-old assistant director for Jacques Cousteau.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
July 7, 2005
Don't miss this opportunity to see the movie that launched the legend of Jeanne Moreau.
June 27, 2005
Moreau's nocturnal wanderings are made unbearably poignant by an exquisite Miles Davis jazz score that became famous in its own right.
June 23, 2005
If you've never seen this 1957 film-noir gem, you should be seduced by the cool nocturnal cinematography of Henri Decae and the languid improvisational sounds of Miles Davis.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
June 22, 2005
It's precisely Malle's omnivorous appetite that makes his first feature, adapted from a policier, so delectable, one stuffed with many sumptuous sights and sounds.