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Elevator to the Gallows
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Elevator to the Gallows

1958
Drama, Suspense/Thriller
1h 31m
Florence Carala and her lover Julien Tavernier, an ex - paratrooper want to murder her husband by faking a suicide. But after Julien has killed him and he puts his things in his car, he finds he has forgotten the rope outside the window and he returns to the building to remove it... (imdb)
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22nd
60
Usually I like Malle, but I was really disappointed in this one. The film depends on creating a tense atmosphere, but since all the characters are unlikeable (that is, not only are they bad people, they're not very intelligent or interesting either), it just seems painful. It doesn't help that the whole thing feels too contrived and so by the end very little of what happened seemed to resolve itself in a satisfying way.
Rated
90th
88
A suspense worthy of Hitchcock with a liberal sprinkling of French New Wave and some noir atmosphere. It's a little thin in a few places but on the whole it has a compelling story, a well crafted mood and some decent little twists.
Rated
83rd
75
I'm not a master filmmaker, so the ending was surprising to me in how simple everything wrapped itself up. I would have ended it with Tavernier making a miraculous escape only to find himself arrested for a crime he didn't commit, while the young couple commit suicide with sleeping pills only to have been able to escaped scot free.
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91st
88
Scenes of Jeanne Moreau with her haunted, sorrowful face wandering the nighttime streets of Paris to the smoky, silky strains of Miles Davis' trumpet are tailor-made to be instant classics. The film is a thriller, bridging the gap between noir and New Wave, in which fate intervenes at every step. The biggest problem is that the "hero" does some pretty dumb things that help seal his destiny. But the story propels forward smoothly (but not too swiftly), and is satisfying if not terribly deep.
Rated
45th
3
It takes a bit to get into the swing of things, and at first I had trouble caring about the two sets of lovers. But once all the characters (and murders) start to tie together, it becomes pretty thrilling. Miles Davis's score dominates the atmosphere of the movie. It's a very somber, romantic, and jazzy noir. None of the characters are particularly sympathetic, but the structure and atmosphere of the narrative seems to be the focus, and at that the film succeeds admirably.
Avg Percentile 70.98% from 1145 total ratings
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Director: Louis_MalleLouis Malle
Runtime: 1h 31m
Languages: FrenchGerman
Country: France
AKAs: Ascenseur pour l'échafaud, Frantic, Lift to the Scaffold

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