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Elevator to the Gallows
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Directed By
Louis Malle

Written By:
Louis Malle

Jeanne Moreau, Maurice Ronet, Elga Andersen, Marcel Cuvelier, Charles Denner, Jacqueline Staup, Georges Poujouly, Gérard Darrieu, Yori Bertin, Jean Wall, Micheline Bona, Gisèle Grandpré, Gérard Darrieu, Hubert Deschamps, Jacques Hilling, Sylviane Aisenstein

Elevator to the Gallows (1958)
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Movie Review by Movie Addict
June 9th, 2007

Outstanding Film Noir

I tried to watch Jeanne Moreau in François Truffaut's Jules and Jim the same day I saw this. I really tried and, despite the fact that it was the best Europen film of 1963 and Truffaut won a couple of awards for directing it, I couldn't make it more that a half hour. It was just plain boring.

Not so with this film noir classic. Jeanne Moreau was simply captivating as a woman who was having an affair and could not figure out what went wrong with the murder of her husband and why her lover played by Maurice Ronet (The Scandal) was driving away with another woman.

What she didn't know was that he was actually trapped in an elevator and his car was stolen by some young kids. What happens to the kids and the effect on the adulterous couple was totally captivating.

This was film noir at its best and director Louis Malle gave us a classic worth watching again and again.

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