Film Review - Ascenseur pour L’Echafaud (Elevator to the Gallows)

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Submitted: March 21, 2020

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Film Review by Allen Henriquez

Ascenseur pour L’Echafaud (Elevator to the Gallows)

 

 

French with English subtitles

Director: Louis Malle

Cinematographer: Henri Decae

Music: Miles Davis

Cast: Maurice Ronet, Jeanne Moreau, Georges Poujouly

 

A war veteran, Maurice Ronet, is madly in love with Jeanne Moreau, but Moreau is married, so Ronet devises an elaborate plan to do away with the gentleman. A peek at the story line is, please not another one of those? Ha! There has never been one of those like this. The story – Elevator to the Gallows squeezes the view into a complex plot that then stretches and airs out into a sublime art form.

The performances, cinematography, and direction of Louis Malle would’ve been wonderful, but with the overwhelming addition of a musical score by Miles Davis poured over it all, the film becomes something special.

I leave the beauty and the plot details to all interested. However, Louis Malle frames his work of art with the end injecting a greater vision into the why of all the malicious, and desperate acts conducted, by Maurice Ronet, and his desire to be with Jeanne Moreau.

 

 

 

 

 

 


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