Lift to the Scaffold (Ascenseur pour l’échafaud), Dir. L. Malle, 1958

Join us for the 3.50pm screening of this Louis Malle noir classic, starring Jeanne Moreau.

“In one of the seminal French films of the 1950s, a handsome veteran of the Indo-China and Algerian Wars (Maurice Ronet) and his lover (Jeanne Moreau) plan the murder of her arms-manufacturer husband.

But on his way from the crime scene he’s trapped in a lift, she anxiously walks the night streets of Paris waiting for him, and a teenage couple steal his car and gun for a reckless joyride. Influenced by Hitchcock and Bresson, Malle consciously puts his individual stamp on an adaptation of an ingenious but otherwise conventional roman noir, much influenced by Double Indemnity. His co-screenwriter was a leading rightwing literary novelist, Roger Nimier.

Miles Davis was persuaded to provide a superb score improvised in a single night, and for the high contrast black-and-white look Malle engaged the brilliant cinematographer Henri Decaë, who went on to shoot the first films of Chabrol and Truffaut. This triumphant feature debut helped turn Moreau into an iconic star, introduced the key themes that recurred in Malle’s work over the next 30-odd years and can be seen as the first movie of the Nouvelle Vague.”

(Philip French, via BFI website).


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  • Ulli

    I am struck down with a lousy cold. If anyone needs my ticket, they can have it.

    February 9, 2014

    • Sarah

      Thanks for letting us know and hope you feel better soon!

      February 9, 2014

  • Megan

    Can't make it as I have a cold and am feeling a bit weak. Love this film so enjoy.

    February 9, 2014

    • Sarah

      Thanks for letting us know, Megan, and get well soon!

      February 9, 2014

  • Sue H.

    hope to be there.

    February 9, 2014

  • Cathy

    Yay!! I will be there and fortunately the purchase of the ticket revealed the BFI failed to renew my membership!! See you tomorrow.

    February 8, 2014

    • Sarah

      Brilliant - looking forward to seeing you there Cathy!

      February 8, 2014

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