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February 26, Author: Steve 1 Comment A street sign in Nice, France. Photo by Paul Downey. Moreau roams the City of Lights on a dark and stormy night. But Elevator is a punchy picture in its own right, an imperfect but propulsive affair that splits the difference between the s-era French take on the American movies they branded film noir and the New Wave.
The Making of the Miles Davis Masterpiecea splendid and self-explanatorily titled tome to which I am late to the party. The collaboration between Malle and Davis was a right-place-right-time phenomenon, although accounts differ on how they met. In lateElevator was in the can and without a soundtrack.
Malle, a jazz-obsessed year-old fresh off a codirecting credit with Jacques Cousteau on the Academy Award-winning The Silent World and a stint assisting the estimable Robert Bresson on A Man Escaped, sought to establish his own cinematic voice with a pulpy thriller based on a French crime novel.
At 31, Davis was a few years removed from kicking heroin and reigniting his career. Though he was riding a creative surge, Davis was between regular bands and label obligations, and he was in Paris for a brief engagement as a guest performer with a group that included Kenny Clarke, an expatriate jazz percussionist who played with Davis on the sessions that became Birth of the Cool In a typically insightful essay for The New Yorkerfilm critic and music lover Richard Brody relates a story of Malle and Davis being introduced via the French music producer and promoter Marcel Romano.
Moreau and Davis during the Elevator to the Gallows soundtrack session. This much is generally agreed upon: The plot is overstuffed, and Malle careens with inconsistent tone between story arcs that spin off from one another, veer in different directions, and ultimately reconnect.
It can be fun to watch a young filmmaker play with genre, and Malle here creates an oh-so-French pastiche with skill and self-aware wit. Still, Elevator contains some sloppy moments; amid cuts of the moving lift, from which Julien dangles after breaking through a hatch in the floor, there is a shot of him hanging static, and how a pivotal grappling hook makes it from a buildingtop rail that hangs above a patio to the street is unclear maybe it was the cat?
The grappling hook in question.Zazie in the Metro (original French title: Zazie dans le Métro, sometimes called Zazie) is a French film directed by Louis Malle, based on the novel by Raymond Queneau. Frequently surreal, and full of visual and verbal jokes, the intricate plot follows a group of protean characters around a crowded Paris during a Métro strike.
François Truffaut once wrote, “All of Louis Malle, all his good qualities and faults, was in Elevator to the Gallows”—a statement that, even given French film criticism’s traditionally high tolerance for the counterintuitive, pretty unambiguously qualifies as, well, false.
Elevator to the Gallows is presented in anamorphic widescreen. This is a Criterion release, so we have a new, restored transfer struck from high definition materials. A few minor, minor specks can be seen, but this is another successful restoration that provides an older film a new visual presence.
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You have selected a VHS tape. VHS rentals have an additional delivery service charge of $5 for 1 tape, $8 for 2 tapes or $10 for 3 tapes, with the fees charged directly to your credit card. Elevator to the Gallows The Criterion Collection A booklet featuring an essay by critic Terrence Rafferty, an interview with Malle, and a tribute by film producer Vincent Malle ELEVATOR TO THE GALLOWS is the first feature movie by Director Louis Malle.
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