ELEVATOR TO THE GALLOWS
ASCENSEUR POUR L’ECHAFAUD
1958, Rialto Pictures, 91 min, France, Dir: Louis Malle

“I knew I loved you, but I thought only of myself,” murmurs gorgeous Jeanne Moreau - after setting in motion a murderous plot involving her fat-cat husband, a young intelligence officer (Maurice Ronet) and some of the darkest twists and turns in French cinema. Made when Malle was only 25 years old, ELEVATOR TO THE GALLOWS helped jump-start the French New Wave as one of the first films to represent the new young voice in French cinema. The dazzling cinematography is by Henri Decaë (who also shot THE 400 BLOWS) and the sublime jazz score is by Miles Davis.


THE SWIMMING POOL
LA PISCINE
1969, SNC, 120 min, France, Dir: Jacques Deray

St. Tropez lovers Alain Delon and Romy Schneider are visited by Schneider's former flame, Maurice Ronet, and daughter Jane Birkin. Sparks fly and one of them ends up dead. Now the three survivors must get their stories straight before the police arrive. In French with English subtitles.


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