RARA-AVIS: Ascenseur pour l'echafaud

From: Juri Nummelin ( jurnum@utu.fi)
Date: 30 Nov 2001

On Thu, 29 Nov 2001 Moorich2@aol.com wrote:

> Regarding the discussion of Miles Davis, I think I can continue it and almost
> stay on topic. Earlier this year I picked up a Davis CD in Brussels of his
> soundtrack work for the 1957 movie "Ascenseur pour l'echafaud" or "Lift to
> the Scaffold." I understand that it was titled "Frantic" for English
> distribution. Directed by Louis Malle and starring Jeanne Moreau, the plot
> sounds very James M. Cain like.
> Is the video worth seeking out?

The music is good and the first half of the film is very good, but then it strays too far away from the elevator scenes. But those fourty-some minutes during and after the killing are just great.


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