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Elevator to the Gallows

Fri, May 15,  6:30–9 pm | Cheek Theater
with Dr. Sarah Eckhardt, Associate Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art

Elevator to the Gallows (1958; b&w; 91 min; France)
This taut, noirish crime drama was on a list of movies admired by Louis Draper and the Kamoinge group. In his directorial debut, Louis Malle capitalizes on evocative cinematography, tension-building editing, and arresting close-ups of the actors. The film unfolds in Paris over twenty-four hours of a fateful murder plot between illicit lovers. The legendary Jeanne Moreau stars, and youthful jazz master Miles Davis supplied the distinctive original music score. In French with English subtitles.

$8 ($5 VMFA members)