web analytics

Culture Corner: A Parisian Murder With a Smooth Soundtrack

Elevator to the Gallows is style over substance in a good way.

Incredible black-and-white cinematography? Check. A Miles Davis score? Check. The lovely Jeanne Moreau at the height of her beauty? Check. The suave and cool nature of Maurice Ronet and Lino Ventura? Check.

The 1958 French classic, Elevator to the Gallows, is the story of a businessman who kills his employer and takes his wife. But what was supposed to be a perfect murder sparks a series of unfortunate events for the lead character.

The film is short on plot, which explains its brief 89-minute run time. But filmmaker Louis Malle successfully maximizes the film’s entertainment value with the aforementioned masterful characteristics of the picture.

Let’s face it: We could watch Moreau walk around Paris with the sweet sounds of Miles Davis accompanying her stroll all day long. What’s more, we could also watch Ventura solve a murder case just as long. And, who knows? With the right script, perhaps we could also observe Ronet try to escape an elevator for about an hour and a half.

And only a legendary filmmaker like Malle (The Fire Within and The Lovers) could make such quotidian scenes engrossing.

Read More From Andrew Moran

Latest Posts

China Armed and on NATO’s Doorstep

It was just a matter of time before China threatened NATO. Having Indo-Pacific partner nations Australia, Japan,...

The Pronoun Wars Come for Journalism

It seems modern journalism is suffering from an overdose of ego. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wz7O-W0FIeA...

What Will Be Joe Biden’s Legacy? – C5 TV

Will the president step aside and let the next generation salvage his record?...

Weapons for Kyiv Key Topic at NATO Summit

Marking the 75th anniversary of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), this year's NATO's summit in...

Illegal Migrant Steals Identity and Gets Kidney

Americans lost $43 billion in 2023 to identity theft, according to the AARP.  The increased usage of artificial...

Joe Biden Fiddles as Democrats Burn

Power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. That saying attributed to 19th-century British politician...