Lift to the Scaffold

Dir: Louis Malle
Cast: Jeanne Moreau, Maurice Ronet, Georges Poujouly
91mins   1958   France   PG   French   

An interesting, modern film noir with the classic theme of lovers plotting to kill the husband and make it look like suicide. A self-assured businessman murders his employer, the husband of his mistress, which unintentionally provokes an ill-fated chain of events. Extensive use is made of Paris at night, giving the film the feel of claustrophobia and desperation reminiscent of the classic noir films. The excellent score by Miles Davis adds to the entire effect of this mystery thriller.

'Louis Malle's supremely stylish New Wave thriller combines Miles Davis's music, Henri Decae's wonderfully evocative black-and-white cinematography of Paris and plenty of close-ups of a young Jeanne Moreau looking very anguished.' - Geoffrey Macnab, The Independent

Part of Depot's third series of films screened in conjunction with Lewes U3A




Sun 10 June