France, 1958, 88 min, 2K DCP, Dir. Louis Malle, Not Rated, Rialto Pictures
"These 1950s French noirs abandon the formality of traditional crime films, the almost ritualistic obedience to formula, and show crazy stuff happening to people who seem to be making up their lives as they go along." – Roger Ebert
The wife of a rich industrialist (Jeanne Moreau) and her ex-paratrooper lover (Maurice Ronet), plot to remove her husband from the picture. It looks like they might pull off the perfect crime and then... Arguably the breaker that ushered in the French New Wave, Elevator to the Gallows, directed by Louis Malle when he was all of 24 years-old, is a compulsory course in cool, bringing together the fatale beauty of Moreau, the luminous camerawork of Henri Decaë, and a now legendary score improvised by Miles Davis over the course of an evening. A touchstone of the careers of Moreau and Malle, Elevator is a richly atmospheric thriller of murder and mistaken identity, unfolding over one restless Parisian night. See it in its fully restored splendor.