The directorial debut of French filmmaker Louis Malle, Elevator to the Gallows is an atmospheric thriller with Jeanne Moreau in the role that catapulted her to international stardom. The film also features rich black-and-white cinematography by Henri Decaë and a largely improvised musical score by jazz great Miles Davis. This classic “Noir-meets-New Wave” picture signaled a turning point in French cinema, and its legendary score signaled new musical directions for Davis. In the film’s most famous scene, Moreau’s nocturnal wanderings through the shadowy Paris streets are paired perfectly with what jazz critic Phil Johnson called “the loneliest trumpet sound you will ever hear.”


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Sunday, June 11, 2017 5 p.m.

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Louis Malle
French with English subtitles
Running Time
92 minutes
Digital, B/W