Elevator to the Gallows
(Louis Malle, 1958)
As our film heritage becomes more and more digitized, it is harder and harder for audiences to see important films in the manner in which they were originally meant to be presented: in a theater, on film, with an audience. Film History 101 is our modest attempt to keep this tradition alive. Once a month, we'll present a selection that transcends "classic" status to that of "essential"—films that are widely recognized as among the greatest the art of moving pictures has to offer.
Louis Malle’s first feature Elevator to the Gallows helped usher in the beginnings of the French New Wave. With the help of her lover, Jeanne Moreau (in a star-making performance) plots the perfect murder of her husband in an inspired film-noir fusion of Robert Bresson and Alfred Hitchcock. Featuring an unforgettable improvised score by Miles Davis. (89 mins., 35mm). This film is programmed in conjunction with the Blues for Smoke exhibition, on view through December 29.
$6 members, students, seniors
$8 general public
SIGNIFICANT CONTRIBUTIONS FOR FILM/VIDEO
Rohauer Collection Foundation
GENERAL OPERATING SUPPORT FOR THE WEXNER CENTER
Greater Columbus Arts Council
Ohio Arts Council