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Elevator to the Gallows (rewatch)

Posted by martinteller on October 16, 2010

After a trying week, I needed something I didn’t have to think about much.  And this is a film that can be enjoyed on multiple levels.  As a story, it’s a near-perfect noir premise, a cleverly scripted crime drama where fate constantly works against the protagonists (in a wonderful touch, the cruel twist of irony is a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it little moment).  Or you can just let yourself be swept away by the glorious aesthetics: the cool Miles Davis score, the captivating face of Jeanne Moreau, the Paris scenery, the striking Henri Decae photography.  But there’s other stuff lurking beneath the surface… the political commentary on Algeria (which I must admit was largely lost on me, but I picked up a few nuances) and the way the younger couple serves as something like alternate-universe surrogates for Moreau and Ronet.  I wasn’t sure if I should buy this, but now I’m so glad I did.  It’s not an earth-shattering film, but it is beautifully put together and very engaging.  Rating: 9


One Response to “Elevator to the Gallows (rewatch)”

  1. […] 63. Elevator to the Gallows (1958, Louis Malle) […]

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