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Ascenseur pour l’échafaud

I just watched Lift to the Scaffold, a film by Louis Malle, 1958. His first film; a Parisian Noir with murder, romance, spies and beautiful women. Sound track by Miles Davis, Barney Wilen, Rene Urtreger, Pierre Michelot and Kenny Clarke.

Miles and the band members met Louis Malle and Jeanne Moreau in a small studio in Paris, Ms. Moreau managed a bar serving drinks, the director showed the film and the band improvised recording the sound track in a relaxed atmosphere.

This is a wonderful film, Jeanne Moreau wanders the streets of Paris late at night, it is rain,ing the atmosphere couldn’t be more cinamatic, poetic. Abandoned by a lover who has shot her husband, she is eventually arrest.

Louis Malle shows all the talent that would make him famous. He was 25 when he made this film. ………..Five Stars

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