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Original Title

Ascenseur pour l'échafaud

Movie Facts

Status: Released

Runtime: 88

Budget: -

Revenue: -

Languages: de, fr

Webpage: -

Release Info

  • 1958-06-10

  • 1958-08-29

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Alternative Titles

  • Lift to the Scaffold
  • Elevator to the Gallows
  • Ascensor para o Cadafalso
  • Fahrstuhl zum Schafott
Content Score: 100

7.2/10 (22 votes)


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.


Frantic for life and love - Frantic for excitement


Director: Louis Malle
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Jeanne Moreau

Jeanne Moreau
as Florence Carala

Maurice Ronet

Maurice Ronet
as Julien Tavernier

Georges Poujouly

Georges Poujouly
as Louis

Yori Bertin

Yori Bertin
as Véronique

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A review 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.