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Lift To The Scaffold (1958) (S) (+intro) (PG)

Lift To The Scaffold (1958) (S) (+intro)

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Sunday 18 Oct 202019:15 Book Now (+ intro)

Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins

Film run time: 1h 40m

A Cinematic Odyssey - Postcards from Europe

This brilliant debut from Louis Malle, catapulted Jeanne Moreau to international stardom and ushered in the French New Wave.

Julien Tavernier (Maurice Ronet), a veteran of the Indo­China and Algerian wars, plans the perfect murder of his boss, who is also his lover’s husband.

Julien returns to the scene of the crime to retrieve a vital piece of evidence but finds himself trapped in a lift. Meanwhile, his lover Florence (Moreau) paces the streets of Paris, anxiously waiting and searching for him with no way of knowing what has happened.

Henri Decaë, having previously worked with Melville, went on to shoot the first films of Chabrol and Truffaut, creating the films superb black and white cinematography.

Furthermore, the jazz­-crazy Malle managed to persuade Miles Davis – who happened to be playing for a few weeks in Paris club – to provide a marvellous improvised score. Davis watched the film just twice and worked through one long night in a Paris studio to record what is now acknowledged to be one of the most important jazz film scores ever.

This film will have a short introduction from Dr Paul Sutton.