Saturday, December 3, 2011

Elevator to the gallows AKA Ascenseur pour l'échafaud (1958) - movie debut of director Louis Malle

Rating 8.0/10
Runtime: 92 min
Language: French
Country: France
Directed by: Louis Malle
IMDb Link:


Jeanne Moreau ... Florence Carala
Maurice Ronet ... Julien Tavernier
Georges Poujouly ... Louis
Yori Bertin ... Véronique
Jean Wall ... Simon Carala
Elga Andersen ... Frieda Bencker
Sylviane Aisenstein ... Yvonne, La fille du bar
Micheline Bona ... Geneviève
Gisèle Grandpré ... Jacqueline Mauclair

Description: The former Captain Julien Tavernier works in the company of the powerful arms dealer Simon Carala and is the lover of his wife Florence Carala. Julien and Florence plot a scheme to kill Simon simulating a suicide. Julien stays after-hours in the company with the telephone operator and the doorman and comes to his office. He climbs to Simon's office using a rope outside the window and kills the executive. He runs to his office to attend a phone call and forgets the rope, and leaves the building with the two employees to have an alibi. When he is ready to drive his car, he sees the rope hanging outside the building and he returns to withdraw the rope, leaving his overcoat and revolver in the car. Then the things get even more complicated...


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Download links: to the Gallows (1958).torrent

+ extra material (all with subtitles, 887 MB to download):

1) New interview with actress Jeanne Moreau
2) Archival interviews with Louis Malle, actors Maurice Ronet and Moreau, and original soundtrack session pianist René Urtreger
3) Footage of Miles Davis and Louis Malle from the soundtrack recording session
4) New video program about the score with jazz trumpeter Jon Faddis and critic Gary Giddins
5) Malle's student film Crazeologie, featuring the title song by Charlie Parker

and soundtrack - Jean-Paul Rappeneau, a jazz fan and Malle's assistant at the time, suggested asking Miles Davis to create the film's soundtrack - possibly inspired by the Modern Jazz Quartet's recording for Roger Vadim's Sait-on jamais (Does One Ever Know), released a few months earlier in 1957.

Miles was booked to perform at the Club St-Germain in Paris for November 1957. Rappeneau introduced him to Malle, and Miles agreed to record the music after attending a private screening. On December 4, he brought his four sidemen to the Le Poste Parisien recording studio without having had them prepare anything. Miles only gave the musicians a few rudimentary harmonic sequences he had assembled in his hotel room, and, once the plot was explained, the band improvised without any precomposed theme, while edited loops of the musically relevant film sequences were projected in the background. Jazz Track, an album that contains ten songs from this soundtrack, received a 1960 Grammy nomination for Best Jazz Performance, Solo or Small Group. This upload is also containing all of the outtakes and raw recordings without reverb which were previously unreleased.

Personnel include Miles Davis on Trumpet, Barney Wilgen on tenor sax, Rene Urteger on piano, Pierre Michelot on bass, and Kenny Clarke on drums.

Tracks 1-16 are released for the first time, tracks 17-26 are the original release from 1958.

Track List (171 MB, Format: mp3, Bitrate: 320 Kbps, Encoder: L.A.M.E., Encoder settings: CBR, Secure Mode)

1. Generique
2. Assassinat de Carala
3. Sur l'Autoroute
4. Julien dans l'Ascenseur
5. Florence Sur Les Champs-Elysees
6. Diner au Motel
7. Evasion de Julien
8. Visite du Vigile
9. Bar du Petit Bac
10. Chez le Photographe du Motel
11. Nuit Sur Les Champs-Elysees [Take 1]
12. Nuit Sur Les Champs-Elysees [Take 2]
13. Nuit Sur Les Champs-Elysees [Generique]
14. Nuit Sur Les Champs-Elysees [Florence Sur Les Champs-Elysees]
15. Assassinat [Take 1]
16. Assassinat [Julien dans L`Ascenseur]
17. Assassinat [L`Assassinat de Carala]
18. Motel (Diner au Motel)
19. Final [Take 1]
20. Final [Take 2]
21. Final [Chez le Photographe du Motel]
22. Ascenseur [Evasion de Julien]
23. Ascenseur [Evasion de Julien]
24. Petit Bal [Au Bar du Petit Bac]
25. Sequence Voiture [Take 1]
26. Sequence Voiture [Sur l'Autoroute]

Video and audio information:

Video : 1.24 GB, 1942 Kbps, 23.976 fps, 640*384 (1.66:1), XviD = XviD 1.1.0
Audio : 126 MB, 192 Kbps, 44100 Hz, 1 channel, 0x55 = AC3

Subtitles (English (SUB/IDX and SRT), Spanish, Portuguese, Polish, German, Greek, Italian, Turkish ) + sample and theatrical trailers included