Re: RARA-AVIS: Louis Malle film noir classic

From: Steve Novak (
Date: 20 Feb 2008

I second all this especially the place of this film within the French and film noir history..Merci ╔┤ienne


On 2/13/08 6:57 AM, "E. Borgers" <> wrote:

> Maybe I understood wrongly what you said about Elevator to the Gallows, but I
> do not see in what aspect it is the "last" of somthing in film history.
> To the contrary it was, at the time( 1957), a rather modern approach for
> filming a rather conventional crime story. The film is far better than the
> crime story it tells. It inovates in form, photography, editing and... music
> (jazz being the soundtrack music, and not only an occasional support). it's
> also a classic, but of film noir history.This had to be clarify especially if
> you refer to "classic" as "old style", "copying the noir that were made
> before"...etc
> And more French classic noir (in the sense of "tops"the history of the
> genre), fully innovative, you will also find in J-P Melville works, most of
> them being done later than Malle's.There are other French film makers of
> value doing noir films as well, all from the same time period (ending during
> the late seventies).
> I
> Today, it's true, there is no noir films of high quality in France anymore,
> and certainly none being innovative.
> E.Borgers

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