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French Cinema - 'Lift to the Scaffold'

For those, like me, who enjoy this genre an early film by Louis Malle with the wonderful Jeanne Moreau in a 1950's thriller. These films don't come around often so grab the opportunity!

"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."

I'll meet all at the bar inside the cinema from 4.00 and then we'll have a social meet up afterwards.

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  • Nic

    Hi I didn't make it over yesterday, was running late. It's on again this eve at 7pm for those who missed it, I'm planning on going - the box office is only open 30 mins before the film starts.

    May 19, 2014

  • Nic

    Hi I didn't make it over yesterday, was running late. It's on again this eve at 7pm for those who missed it, I'm planning on going - the box office is only open 30 mins before the film starts.

    May 19, 2014

  • Francesca C.

    Brief - out on the street! Didn't find any bar, ticket office closed, went through a side door straight into a pitch black cinema, groped for a seat and the film began - bizarre! But the film was excellent, enjoyed it very much and the Miles Davis soundtrack was as beautiful as ever.

    May 18, 2014

  • Sarah L

    I'm afraid I can't make it today after all. Enjoy the film!

    May 18, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm going to have to pass on this today - I've woken up feeling unwell. Have a lovely time. :-)

    May 18, 2014

  • Francesca C.

    So looking forward to this film - French, black and white, Jean Moreau and Miles Davis score, directed by a legend, who could ask for more? Shall enjoy meeting other members and watching a superb film.

    2 · May 12, 2014

  • Peter L.

    In Durham that weekend visiting my son

    May 8, 2014

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