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Elevator to the Gallows

OT: Ascenseur pour l'échafaud

Louis Malle // France, 1958
Fiction Feature // FF2011



Florence and her lover Julien want to murder her husband by faking a suicide. But after Julien has killed him, he finds he has forgotten a telltale rope outside the window and he returns to the building to remove it… While going back up in the elevator, alas, the building custodian shuts off the power, stopping the elevator between floors. Frantic (also an alternate title along with “Elevator to the Gallows”), our man tries to escape, but he is truly trapped…


Louis Malle, (*1932; †1995) started his career as camera operator and assistant to Jacques Cousteau. He was an outstandingly versatile director with a broad range of concerns and styles.


Ascenseur pour l'échafaud

Fiction Feature


Eyes on Paris//FF2011



88 min


Louis Malle

Roger Nimier, Louis Malle

Jeanne Moreau, Maurice Ronet, Georges Poujouly, Yori Bertin

Jean Thuillier

Henri Decaë

Léonide Azar

Miles Davis

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