Movie #58 Elevator to the Gallows
(1958, France, d. Louis Malle)
Take Hitchcock, the substance of Coen Brother’s plots, a little French New Wave and film noir and voila, you have Elevator to the Gallows. Louis Malle’s directorial debut is a wonderful little film about everything going wrong after a man who decides to listen to his lover and kill her husband gets stuck in his escape elevator. One mistake leads to another and another, eventually condemning two teenagers in the process as well. The reason I say this could be a Coen Brothers’ film is because if it were funny or even had a little dark humor, it would be exactly in the vein of their black comedies. The tension was delivered excellently and to be honest, I liked this picture considerably more than Louis Malle’s final one, Au Revoir Les Enfants. I am now only 8 films a behind in my MAD Challenge. Here’s to reducing that debt.