Elevator to the Gallows

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The feature-film debut of famed director Louis Malle is an interesting, modern film noir with the classic theme of lovers plotting to kill the husband and make it look like suicide (reminiscent of The Postman Always Rings Twice). Jeanne Moreau gives an astonishing performance, perverse but naive as she leads her young lover down a path that can only lead to doom for both of them.

  1. Louis Malle

    Director, Screenplay

  2. Roger Nimier


  3. Noël Calef


Top Billed Cast

  1. Jeanne Moreau

    Jeanne Moreau

    Florence Carala

  2. Maurice Ronet

    Maurice Ronet

    Julien Tavernier

  3. Georges Poujouly

    Georges Poujouly


  4. Yori Bertin

    Yori Bertin


  5. Lino Ventura

    Lino Ventura

    Le Commissaire Cherrier

  6. Iván Petrovich

    Iván Petrovich

    Horst Becker

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Movie Data


Original Title Ascenseur pour l'échafaud

Status Released

Original Language French

Runtime 1h 28m

Budget -

Revenue $263,404.00

Homepage -

Release Information

  • June 10, 1958



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A review by John Chard

By John Chard

The black cat has it...

Ascenseur pour l'échafaud (AKA: Elevator to the Gallows/Lift to the Scaffold) is directed by Louis Malle and co-written by Malle, Roger Nimier and Noël Calef (novel). It stars Jeanne Moreau, Maurice Ronet, Georges Poujouly, Yori Bertin and Jean Wall. Music is by Miles Davis and cinematography by Henri Decaë.

A little ole devil this one, a sly slow pacer that itches away at your skin. Rightly seen as a bridging movie between the classic film noir cycle and the nouvelle vague, Malle's movie is in truth straightforward on narrative terms. Julien Tavernier (Ronet) is... read the rest.

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