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Elevator To The Gallows


Elevator to the Gallows (French: Ascenseur pour l'échafaud; previously known as Frantic in the US), also known as Lift to the Scaffold (UK), is a 1958 French crime film directed by Louis Malle, starring Jeanne Moreau and Maurice Ronet as criminal lovers whose perfect crime begins to unravel when Ronet is trapped in an elevator. The scenario was adapted from a 1956 novel of the same name by Noël Calef.

Associated by some critics with the film noir style, and introducing new narrative and editing techniques, the film is considered an important work in establishing the Nouvelle Vague and the New Modern Cinema. The improvised soundtrack by Miles Davis, and the relationship the film establishes between music, image and emotion, were considered ground-breaking.

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