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Elevator to the Gallows (1958) - Plot Summary Poster

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  • Florence Carala and her lover Julien Tavernier, an ex - paratrooper want to murder her husband by faking a suicide. But after Julien has killed him and he puts his things in his car, he finds he has forgotten the rope outside the window and he returns to the building to remove it...

    - Written by Stephan Eichenberg <eichenbe@fak-cbg.tu-muenchen.de>
  • The former Captain Julien Tavernier works in the company of the powerful arms dealer Simon Carala and is the lover of his wife Florence Carala. 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 steals Julien's car and drives to a motel with his girlfriend Véronique and lodge using the name of Julien. They drink with the German tourists Horst Bencker and his wife Frieda Bencker 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.

    - Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • A self-assured business man murders his employer, the husband of his mistress, which unintentionally provokes an ill-fated chain of events.

    - Written by zachtrokanski

Synopsis

This is an excellent example of "theatre of the absurd", filmed as a "film noir" suspense thriller. "Theatre of the absurd" posits that the universe is a random entity where nothing is likely to happen as expected...

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