Elevator to the Gallows [Criterion Collection]

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Synopsis

The feature-film debut of famed director Louis Malle is an interesting, modern film noir with the classic theme of lovers plotting to kill the husband and make it look like suicide (reminiscent of The Postman Always Rings Twice). Jeanne Moreau, as Florence Carala, gives an astonishing performance, perverse but naive as she leads her young lover down a path that can only lead to doom for both of them. Malle and his cinematographer Henri Decae make extensive use of Paris at night, giving the film the feel of claustrophobia and desperation reminiscent of the classic noir films. The excellent score by Miles Davis adds to the entire effect of this mystery thriller. ~ Linda Rasmussen, Rovi

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Release Date
2/6/18 
Studio
Criterion
MPAA Rating
NR -- Not rated
Length
1 hour, 32 minutes
Sound
  • Dolby Digital Mono
Region
  • USA & territories, Canada
Subtitles
  • English
Video Features
  • Interview from 2005 with actor Jeanne Moreau
  • Archival interviews wtih Moreau, director Louis Malle, actor Maurice Ronet, and original soundtrack session pianist René Urtreger
  • Footage of musician Miles Davis and Malle from the soundtrack recording session
  • Program from 2005 about the score, featuring jazz trumpeter Jon Faddis and critic Gary Giddins
  • Malle's student film Crazeologie, featuring Charlie Parker's song "Crazeology"
  • Trailers
Number of Discs
1

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