Ascenseur Pour L'échafaud (1958)

Original Title : Ascenseur pour l'échafaud
Director : Louis Malle
Writer : Noël Calef
Louis Malle
Roger Nimier
Genre : Crime
Country : France
Language : French
Producer : Jean Thuillier
Music : Miles Davis
Photography : Henri Decaë
Distributor : Lux Compagnie Cinématographique de France, Times Film Corporation, Janus Films, Criterion Collection, The, Filmmuseum Distributie, New Yorker Films, Rialto Pictures, Video Film Express
IMDB ID : 0051378
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Ascenseur Pour L'échafaud (1958) - Louis Malle


Jeanne Moreau Florence Carala
Maurice Ronet Julien Tavernier
Georges Poujouly Louis
Yori Bertin Veronique
Jean Wall Simon Carala
Elga Andersen Madame Bencker
Sylviane Aisenstein Secretary
Micheline Bona Genevieve
Gisèle Grandpré 
Jacqueline Staup Anna
Marcel Cuvelier 
Gérard Darrieu Maurice
Charles Denner Inspector Cherier's assistant
Hubert Deschamps Attorny of State
Jacques Hilling Garage owner


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...


Elevator to the Gallows is a great film and even better, has a short running time! The acting is great in every instance, the plot is original, and the direction is probably among the best I've ever seen. I loved how the plot had a lot of twists but there weren't so many that you were confused as to what was going on. Although I won't reveal the ending, I thought it was great and made me smile. However, you have to like this type of movie to see it, as it is kind of complicated and there isn't a ton of action. This film shows how the perfect murder can be only planned so well, you can never plan what could happen. If you don't get bored too easily, stick with this gem and I'm sure you'll love it.
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