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Elevator to the Gallows

Louis Malle

 
Elevator to the Gallows (Criterion DVD)

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2 Discs

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  • France
  • 1957
  • 92 minutes
  • Black and White
  • 1.66:1
  • French
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  • Spine #335

In his mesmerizing debut feature, twenty-four-year-old director Louis Malle brought together the beauty of Jeanne Moreau, the camerawork of Henri Decaë, and a now legendary score by Miles Davis. A touchstone of the careers of both its star and director, Elevator to the Gallows is a richly atmospheric thriller of murder and mistaken identity unfolding over one restless Parisian night.

Cast

Florence Carala Jeanne Moreau
Julien TavernierMaurice Ronet
LouisGeorges Poujouly
VéroniqueYori Bertin
Simon Carala Jean Wall
Inspector Chérier Lino Ventura
Chess player at motelJean-Claude Brialy

Credits

DirectorLouis Malle
ProducerJean Thuillier
ScreenplayRoger Nimier and Louis Malle
Based on the novel byNoël Calef
CinematographyHenri Decaë
MusicMiles Davis

Disc Features

SPECIAL EDITION DOUBLE DISC SET:

  • New, restored high-definition digital transfer
  • New interview with actor Jeanne Moreau
  • Archival interviews with director Louis Malle, actors Maurice Ronet and Moreau, and original soundtrack session pianist René Urtreger
  • Footage of Miles Davis and Louis Malle from the soundtrack recording session
  • New video program about the score with jazz trumpeter Jon Faddis and critic Gary Giddins
  • Malle’s student film Crazeologie, featuring the title song by Charlie Parker
  • Theatrical trailers
  • New and improved English subtitle translation
  • A booklet featuring a new essay by critic Terrence Rafferty, an interview with Louis Malle, and a tribute by film producer Vincent Malle

    New cover by Lucien S. Y. Yang

Film Essays

Elevator to the Gallows: Louis Malle on the Ground Floor

By Terrence Rafferty April 24, 2006

François Truffaut once wrote, “All of Louis Malle, all his good qualities and faults, was in Elevator to the Gallows”—a statement that, even given French film criticism’s traditionally high . . . Read more »

Chef du Cinema

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Chef du Cinema: Elevator to the Gallows

By Ron Deutsch January 30, 2013

The improvisational arts of filmmaking, jazz, and chili. Read more »


Clippings

Lino Item

January 26, 2011

In a new article for Moving Image Source, critic and Cineaste editor Richard Porton peeks behind the stony facade of the most unlikely of French movie stars, Lino Ventura. Before he came to . . . Read more »


News

Gallows Goes Live

November 12, 2009

Louis Malle’s shadowy Paris comes to our nation’s capital on November 12 and 19, when the HR-57 Center for the Preservation of Jazz & Blues in Washington, D.C., will host special live . . . Read more »


News

Elevator’s Turning Japanese

October 08, 2009

Louis Malle’s noirish French New Wave forerunner Elevator to the Gallows is getting a surprising new lift. The Japanese producer and distributor Kadokawa Pictures (once upon a time known as . . . Read more »


Need a Lift?

November 12, 2008

Philip French rates cinema’s greatest elevator scenes here, in the Guardian. Claustrophobics stay clear! Read more »


Film Essays

Elevator to the Gallows: Louis Malle on the Ground Floor

By Terrence Rafferty April 24, 2006

François Truffaut once wrote, “All of Louis Malle, all his good qualities and faults, was in Elevator to the Gallows”—a statement that, even given French film criticism’s traditionally high . . . Read more »