Elevator to the Gallows

Elevator to the Gallows

Elevator to the Gallows

Louis Malle (My Dinner with Andre) film noir classic, with a score by Miles Davis, starring Jeanne Moreau and Maurice Ronet as a criminal couple. Their plan to commit the perfect murder goes awry when one of them is stuck in an elevator at the scene of the crime and a cascading series of coincidences and consequences unfurls.

1958Rating: M92 minsFranceFrench and German with English subtitles
CrimeDramaThrillerWorld Cinema
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Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

A consummate entertainment rich with the romantic atmosphere of Paris in the 1950s.

Total Film

Total Film

press

The ambition is bracing, but critical hindsight obscures how exciting Malle's noir thriller is on its own terms.

5.0
Independent

Independent

press

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.

4.0
The Times

The Times

press

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.

5.0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

What a supremely stylish and watchable picture it is.

5.0
Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

press

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.

The Telegraph

The Telegraph

press

Few debuts come punchier, cooler, and more influential than Louis Malle's 1958 thriller about a Parisian murder plan unravelling, scene by fateful scene.

5.0
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

A consummate entertainment rich with the romantic atmosphere of Paris in the 1950s.

Total Film

Total Film

press

The ambition is bracing, but critical hindsight obscures how exciting Malle's noir thriller is on its own terms.

5.0
Independent

Independent

press

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.

4.0
The Times

The Times

press

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.

5.0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

What a supremely stylish and watchable picture it is.

5.0
Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

press

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.

The Telegraph

The Telegraph

press

Few debuts come punchier, cooler, and more influential than Louis Malle's 1958 thriller about a Parisian murder plan unravelling, scene by fateful scene.

5.0

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