Lift to the scaffold (1958) | Louis Malle

Next date: Friday, 22 November 2019 | 06:00 PM to 08:30 PM

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This milestone in the history of cinema is a crime thriller starring one of France’s most recognisable and best loved actors, Jeanne Moreau, and heavy-weight hero Lino Ventura, in an intrigue of star-crossed lovers and unfortunate coincidences. There is much to be said about this film, not least the score by Miles Davis, (who was, at the time, infatuated with the French jazz scene), described by Phil Johnson as the “loneliest trumpet sound you will ever hear, and the model for sad-core music ever since. Hear it and weep.”

This is a bold break with the formality of traditional filmmaking, offering a new ideal of cinematic realism, innovative editing, new forms of narrative and cinematography, and natural lighting from Parisian cafés and bars by night. Lift to the Scaffold is a ground-breaking precursor to the French New Wave movement. The images from one passage of the film, where Jeanne Moreau wanders aimlessly through the rain in the bleak Paris nightscape, are now legendary, as are some of the techniques Malle invented.


  • Friday, 22 November 2019 | 06:00 PM - 08:30 PM


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