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Elevator to the Gallows (1958)

Director: Louis Malle
Starring: Jeanne Moreau
Cinematographer: Henri Decaë
Composer: Miles Davis
Year: 1958

Elevator to the Gallows brings features French cinema icon Jeanne Moreau in perhaps her best performance, full of emotion and nuance, a legendary score by Miles Davis (recorded in a single late-night session, with Davis improvising as he watched the film on a screen), unforgettable views of Paris and stunning cinematography by Henri Decaë, all solicited by a 24-year-old Louis Malle. In fact, the score and the cinematography work together to create such a strong impression, that it is sometime difficult to pay attention to the plot.

As a side note, this film is being remade in Japan for release later this year. Sounds terrible.

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