A fine film! This was my first viewing and I will either revisit it on the Criterion Channel or during the next sale buy the Blu-ray. Jeanne Moreau was a great actress. What an expressive face. Yes, I love the score by Miles. Alicia was fantastic with Eddie.TCM's Noir Alley 2020 schedule:
03-07-20: Ride the Pink Horse (1947)
03-14-20: I Wake Up Screaming (1941)
03-21-20: Elevator to the Gallows (1958)
03-28-20: Crime Wave (1954)
04-04-20: Address Unknown (1944)
04-11-20: Beyond a Reasonable Doubt (1956)
04-18-20: Witness to Murder (1954)
04-25-20: Wicked Woman (1954)
05-02-20: Fallen Angel (1945)
05-09-20: Mildred Pierce (1945)
05-16-20: The Crimson Kimono (1959)
05-23-20: Cornered (1945)
05-30-20: A Kiss Before Dying (1956)
06-06-20: The Underworld Story (1950)
06-13-20: Murder by Contract (1958)
06-20-20: Underworld U.S.A. (1961)
06-27-20: The Lady from Shanghai (1947)
07-04-20: The Sign of the Ram (1948)
07-11-20: Bodyguard (1948)
07-18-20: Three Strangers (1946)
07-25-20: The Breaking Point (1950)
Didn't that happen quite often back in those days?Elevator to the Gallows. Good story, good directing, great face on Moreau, great trumpet score from Miles Davis. Poor guy was screwed no matter what happened. My only quibble is... whatever happened to due process? You splatter a suspect's name and face all over the paper before he's even been indicted? But then almost every Noir or crime movie is guilty of the same thing. And then there's Richard Jewell. Blame the press, I guess.
I hate hats, particularly women's hats. But Alicia looked great sporting her hat.A fine film! This was my first viewing and I will either revisit it on the Criterion Channel or during the next sale buy the Blu-ray. Jeanne Moreau was a great actress. What an expressive face. Yes, I love the score by Miles. Alicia was fantastic with Eddie.
I've already seen that film a couple of times, but haven't watched my Kino Blu-ray yet. With all this downtime on my hand, I'll probably rectify that situation in the near future.I hate hats, particularly women's hats. But Alicia looked great sporting her hat.
I've seen Elevator many times at the movies; I don't think I've ever seen it at home. It's a fine film. You can catch a younger Moreau in another fine French film available from Kino: Touchez pas au grisbi (Don't Touch the Loot), 1954, with the great Jean Gabin.
In this situation it wasn't the press, but that crazy police chief who holds an impromptu press conference and basically tells all the reporters that the police already know the killer, prematurely name him, and claim to have all the evidence they need. That would never happen except in the movies; especially one starring Captain Clouseau.Didn't that happen quite often back in those days?
I was thinking of "What intrigued me most was how the rug was pulled away in the very last scene. I truly thought he was going to get away with it once he was cleared of the Germans' murders."How is that spoiler as we never mentioned the suspect's name and it wouldn't be a film noir without a murder?