Play Dates

December 26 – 28    Birmingham, AL    SIDEWALK CINEMA

December 29    Berkeley, CA    BAMPFA

Elevator to the Gallows Play Dates

Illustration by Keiko Kimura


France, 1958
Director: Louis Malle
Producer: Jean Thuillier
Cast: Maurice Ronet, Jeanne Moreau, Georges Poujouly, Yori Bertin
Screenwriter: Louis Malle, Roger Nimier
Based on the novel by Noël Calef
Cinematography: Henri Decaë
Music: Miles Davis
Genre: Drama
Black & White
Aspect Ratio: 1.37:1
Language: French with English subtitles
Running Time: 91 minutes

Scheming lovers Julien (Maurice Ronet) and Florence (Jeanne Moreau) engineer the "perfect murder" of her husband. But when Julien becomes trapped in the elevator mere floors away from his recent victim, the perfect murder quickly becomes imperfect.

Awards and Recognition:
Prix Louis Delluc, 1957

Reviews and Quotes 2

"Snazzy, atmospheric Noir!"
Time Out New York

"Moreau's nocturnal wanderings are made unbearably poignant by an exquisite Miles Davis jazz score."
The New Yorker

"Delectable! Nail-biting tension!"
Village Voice

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