Elevator to the Gallows

Released 1958


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Louis Malle
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Elevator to the Gallows, also known as Ascenseur pour l'echafaud, is a 1958 French dramatic crime thriller directed by Louis Malle. In the film, Florence Carola (Jeanne Moreau) and Julien Tavernier (Maurice Ronet) are madly in love with each other. However, Florence is married to Julien's boss, Simon Carola (Jean Wall). The two want to start a life together, but Florence doesn't want to divorce Simon because he is very wealthy and she enjoys his money. Unwilling to be penniless, the couple plot to kill Simon and make it look like a suicide. The duo carefully plan the murder, but a series of unexpected events make it difficult for Florence and Julien to carry out the plan. While Julien is carrying out their plan, a couple of crooks, Veronique (Yori Bertin) and Louis (Georges Poujoly), steal Julien's car. Veronique and Louis are unaware of what is going on with Julian, however, they run into trouble of their own. When Florence does not hear from Julien as expected, she fears he has run off without her. Will Florence and Julien get away with murder, or will their perfect plan have unexpected circumstances?moreless


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  • 100

    Los Angeles Times Kenneth Turan

    A consummate entertainment rich with the romantic atmosphere of Paris in the 1950s. Coming at a turning point in French cinematic history, it drew upon several major talents - dire...

  • 100

    San Francisco Chronicle Walter Addiego

    As French crime thrillers go, this is about as good as it gets.

  • 88

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    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 maki...

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Crime, Thrillers, Foreign Language