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This edition: Elevator to the Gallows

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Episode Details

First aired: June 27, 2015.

(aka “Ascenseur pour l'échafaud” /1958/France, 88 min., b&w, drama, in French with English subtitles) Dir.: Louis Malle. Cast: Jeanne Moreau, Maurice Ronet, Georges Poujouly, Yori Bertin. Jeanne Moreau and Maurice Ronet star as criminal lovers whose perfect crime, the faking of Moreau’s husband’s murder as suicide, begins to unravel when Ronet is trapped in an elevator. The film is often associated by critics with the film noir style, but also devised narrative and editing techniques that would influence the French New Wave. It also boasts a groundbreaking score by Miles Davis. Distributor: Janus Films. Discussion guest: Krin Gabbard, Columbia University

Guest List

Krin Gabbard Columbia University