Ascenseur Pour L’Échafaud

Originally released in 1958, Louis Malle’s Ascenseur Pour L’Échafaud (or Lift to the Scaffold if you’re in the UK/Elevator to the Gallows in the US) is on rerelease, and I went to see it on Tuesday at the Filmhouse.

It’s a noir suspense, with some mistaken identity, hugely dramatic acting, lots of French declarations of love, and a soundtrack by Miles Davis. Jeanne Moreau and Yori Bertin are both utterly gorgeous, and Maurice Ronet and Georges Poujoly are very 1950s-dashing.  Lovely.

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