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Director:
Writers:
Roger Nimier (adaptation) &
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Release Date:
29 January 1958 (France) 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:
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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)
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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:
88 min
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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 | Netherlands:12 (re-release) (2005) | Netherlands:18 (original rating) (1958) | Norway:16 | Spain:16 (DVD rating) | UK:PG | USA:Not Rated | West Germany:12

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Trivia:
Louis Malle shot his lead actress Jeanne Moreau in close-up and natural light and often without make-up. Moreau, an icon of French film, had never been seen like this before, to the extent that lab technicians, reportedly appalled at how unflatteringly she was photographed, refused to process the film. Once they were persuaded to, however, it soon began clear that Malle had captured every nuance of Moreau's performance.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: After becoming soaked while walking around the city in a rain storm in search of Julien, Florence arrives at the bar with her hair dry and still perfectly coiffed, as well as dry clothing and perfect make-up.See more »
Quotes:
Le commissaire Cherrier:you see madam there are always several photos in a cameraSee more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in My Wife Is an Actress (2001)See more »

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10 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
Camera Has Many Photos, 6 October 2011
Author: Claudio Carvalho from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

The former Captain Julien Tavernier (Maurice Ronet) works in the company of the powerful arms dealer Simon Carala (Jean Wall) and is the lover of his wife Florence Carala (Jeanne Moreau). Julien and Florence plot a scheme to kill Simon simulating a suicide. Julien stays after-hours in the company with the telephone operator and the doorman and comes to his office. He climbs to Simon's office using a rope outside the window and kills the executive. He runs to his office to attend a phone call and forgets the rope, and leaves the building with the two employees to have an alibi. When he is ready to drive his car, he sees the rope hanging outside the building and he returns to withdraw the rope, leaving his overcoat and revolver in the car. When he enters in the lift, the doorman shutdown the building and Julien is trapped inside the elevator.

Meanwhile the smalltime thief Louis (Georges Poujouly) steals Julien's car and drives to a motel with his girlfriend Véronique (Yori Bertin) and lodge using the name of Julien. They drink with the German tourists Horst Bencker (Iván Petrovich) and his wife Frieda Bencker (Elga Andersen) and early in the morning, Louis tries to steal his Mercedes Benz. When he is surprised by Horst, Louis shots and kills the couple. Julien Tavernier becomes the prime suspect of the murder and when he leaves the lift, he does not have alibi for the murder of Simon Carala and the German tourists.

"Ascenseur pour l'Échafaud" is the first feature of Louis Malle, who is also one of the writers. The unpredictable and original story is fantastic, the screenplay has many plot points until the very last scene and the performances are top-notch.

Julien Tavernier is a methodic military with cold blood that gets caught between the rock and a hard place due to a mistake and lots of bad luck. The soundtrack with the music of Miles Davis gives a touch of class to this little masterpiece. The result is one of the best thrillers entwined with comedy of errors that I have ever seen. My vote is nine.

Title (Brazil): "Ascensor Para o Cadafalso" ("Elevator to the Gallows")

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