ELEVATOR TO THE GALLOWS

Directed by Louis Malle
US release date: August 4

NEW RESTORATION

Directed by Louis Malle

Starring Jeanne Moreau, Maurice Ronet and Lino Ventura

(1957) Blonde-tressed Jeanne Moreau and ex-paratrooper lover Maurice Ronet scheme to murder her husband by faking a suicide, but a forgotten rope, a leather-jacketed young punk car thief (Georges Poujouly, the boy of Clément’s Forbidden Games), and a malfunctioning ascenseur conspire to complicate their plans, and then flics Lino Ventura and Charles Denner turn up the heat. For 24-year-old director Malle, his first feature only a year after co-directing (with Jacques Cousteau) the Palme d’Or-winning documentary The Silent World; for Moreau, already dominant on stage (Maggie the Cat in the Paris production of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof), her screen-star-making role after nine years and twenty films; for DP Henri Decaë, a breakthrough in near-total avoidance of artificial light during Moreau’s night-time walk down the Champs-Elysées; for Miles Davis, a brooding, legendary jazz score, recorded in a single all-night session. Winner, Prix Louis Delluc. DCP restoration. Approx. 92 mins.

Distributed by Rialto Pictures


> Opens in New York at Film Forum on Thursday, August 4
> Opens in Miami at Coral Gables Cinema on Friday, August 12
> Opens in Los Angeles at the Landmark's Nuart Theater on Friday, August 12
 

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