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About Elevator to the Gallows

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Not rated
Year Released:
1958
Format:
Virtual
Genres:
Drama
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Louis Malle’s debut feature, Elevator to the Gallows, not only helped kickstart the French New Wave in 1958, it set a new standard for cool. Taking place over one fateful Paris night, the film stars an utterly captivating Jeanne Moreau, dreamy night cinematography by Henri Decaë, and an improvisational jazz score by Miles Davis that redefined melancholic beauty. Malle’s crime thriller pairs Maurice Ronet with Moreau as lovers who conspire to kill her husband, but with Davis’ sorrowful score drenched all around them, things could only go wrong—but never did it look, or sound, so damn cool before. In French and German with English subtitles.

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