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Elevator to the Gallows (1958) More at IMDbPro »Ascenseur pour l'échafaud (original title)

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Elevator to the Gallows -- The new restoration of Louis Malle's ELEVATOR TO THE GALLOWS, starring Jeanne Moreau, Maurice Ronet, and Lino Ventura, and featuring music by Miles Davis, opens Wednesday August 3 at New York's Film Forum.

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Director:
Writers:
Roger Nimier (adaptation) &
Louis Malle (adaptation) ...
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Release Date:
29 January 1958 (France) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Frantic for life and love - Frantic for excitement See more »
Plot:
A self-assured business man murders his employer, the husband of his mistress, which unintentionally provokes an ill-fated chain of events. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
1 win See more »
User Reviews:
This film should be widely available on DVD See more (82 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Jeanne Moreau ... Florence Carala

Maurice Ronet ... Julien Tavernier

Georges Poujouly ... Louis

Yori Bertin ... Véronique

Jean Wall ... Simon Carala

Elga Andersen ... Frieda Bencker
Sylviane Aisenstein ... Yvonne, La fille du bar
Micheline Bona ... Geneviève
Gisèle Grandpré ... Jacqueline Mauclair
Jacqueline Staup ... Anna
Marcel Cuvelier ... Le réceptionniste du motel
Gérard Darrieu ... Maurice

Charles Denner ... L'adjoint du commissaire Cherrier

Hubert Deschamps ... Le substitut du procureur
Jacques Hilling ... Le garagiste
Marcel Journet ... Le président du conseil d'administration
François Joux ... Commissaire de police

Iván Petrovich ... Horst Bencker

Félix Marten ... Christian Subervie

Lino Ventura ... Le commissaire Cherrier
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Micheline Sarfati
Robert Balpo ... Un consommateur (uncredited)
Nicolas Bataille ... Un consommateur à la brasserie (uncredited)
Marcel Bernier ... Un policier au commissariat (uncredited)

Jean-Claude Brialy ... Le jeune homme du motel (uncredited)
Christian Brocard ... Un consommateur (uncredited)
Olivier Darrieux ... Le chauffeur (uncredited)
Lucien Desagneaux ... Un journaliste (uncredited)
Pierre Devilder ... Petit rôle (uncredited)
Pierre Frag ... Un consommateur à la brasserie (uncredited)
Guy Henry ... Un inspecteur (uncredited)

Roger Jacquet ... Gaston (uncredited)
Alice Reichen ... La fleuriste (uncredited)

Directed by
Louis Malle 
 
Writing credits
Roger Nimier (adaptation) &
Louis Malle (adaptation)

Roger Nimier (dialogue)

Noël Calef (novel)

Noël Calef (pre-adaptation)

Produced by
Jean Thuillier .... producer
 
Original Music by
Miles Davis 
 
Cinematography by
Henri Decaë 
 
Film Editing by
Léonide Azar 
 
Art Direction by
Jean Mandaroux 
Rino Mondellini 
 
Makeup Department
Boris de Fast .... chief makeup
 
Production Management
Irénée Leriche .... production manager
Hubert Mérial .... unit production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Alain Cavalier .... assistant director (as Alain Fraisse)
François Leterrier .... second assistant director
 
Art Department
Pierre Guffroy .... first assistant art director
Clément Hurel .... poster artist
Jacques Martin .... property master
 
Sound Department
Raymond Gauguier .... sound engineer
 
Special Effects by
Pierre Lax .... special effects
 
Camera and Electrical Department
André Bouladoux .... key grip
Jean-Louis Castelli .... still photographer
Jean Rabier .... first assistant camera
Vincent Rossell .... still photographer
André Villard .... camera operator
 
Editorial Department
Madeleine Bibollet .... assistant editor
Kenout Peltier .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Kenny Clarke .... musician: drums
Miles Davis .... musician: trumpet
Emilhenco .... musician: piano (as René Urtreger)
Pierre Michelot .... musician: bass
Barney Wilen .... musician: tenor sax
 
Other crew
Francine Corteggiani .... script supervisor
Jean-Paul Sassy .... technical advisor
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Ascenseur pour l'échafaud" - France (original title)
"Frantic" - USA
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Runtime:
91 min (copyright length)
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Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
Certification:
Argentina:16 | Australia:PG | Finland:K-16 | France:Tous publics | Italy:VM16 | Japan:G (2015) | Netherlands:12 (re-release) (2005) | Netherlands:18 (original rating) (1958) | Norway:16 | Singapore:PG | Spain:16 (DVD rating) | Sweden:15 | UK:A (original rating) | UK:PG (video) | USA:Not Rated | West Germany:16 (f)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
The tiny camera is Minox. It was originally developed as a luxury item, but it gained notoriety from its use as a spy camera.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Julien is leaving the Carala-building, a Vedette is parked in front of the entrance. When Julien is about to drive off from the opposite side of the street, the car is gone. When he is running back to remove the rope, the Vedette is there again.See more »
Quotes:
Commissaire de police:Anything's good for an alibi. Wives, girlfriends, bartenders, childhood friends, deceived husbands - but not an elevator. That's ridiculous. It's totally harebrained.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Broken Embraces (2009)See more »
Soundtrack:
Ascenseur Pour L'Échafaud (Générique)See more »

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55 out of 67 people found the following review useful.
This film should be widely available on DVD, 3 June 2004
Author: Jerrold Baldwin from SW England

This film is a master piece. Miles Davis's music is superb. It is an object lesson on the art of combining sound and vision. The tension and the brooding Parisian atmosphere are heightened with cool and poignant playing. It is surprising (to the best of my knowledge) that this is the only complete original film score he produced.

The story of the crime is clever. It has reasonable human motivation and plot, and is steadily revealed. But, it is the study of 'being in the wrong place at the wrong time' that makes this film a classic. The series of chance events that will dramatically effect the characters' lives, give this film a similar feel to 'Run Lola Run' or 'Irreversible', dispute this film's linear structure and age. The dark cinematography is excellent.

I have only had an opportunity to see it once (I only just caught it because BBC4 listed it under its English title), but I would like to see it again.

The soundtrack is widely available, but I can not find the film on DVD or PAL VHS. This film should be available to a wider audience, for me, preferably in French with English subtitles.

P.S. This wonderful film is now available on DVD as part of the Louis Malle Collection: Volume 1. (Updated 11/10/2006.)

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