Topic: Louis Malle's Elevator to the Gallows 35mm Print @ The Plaza

Elevator to the Gallows
Malle / 1958 / Original 35mm print/ 88 mins
Tuesday, October 6 at 7pm
The Plaza Theatre, 133 Kensington Rd NW Calgary, AB

The Calgary Cinematheque, in collaboration with the Alliance Française of Calgary, presents a series of screenings celebrating the fiftieth anniversary of the French New Wave. Bursting onto the scene in 1959, young filmmakers like François Truffaut and Jean-Luc Godard changed the landscape of cinema immediately and indelibly. Even five decades later, independent films still reverberate with their influence.

The films will screen on the first Tuesday of each month, with a repeat screening and lecture the following Saturday.

The series officially kicks off on Tuesday, October 6 at 7pm with Ascenseur pour l'échafaud aka Elevator to the Gallows (1958), Louis Malle's masterpiece of suspense and film noir starring Jeanne Moreau, in the role that catapulted her to international stardom. Scheming lovers Julien (Maurice Ronet) and Florence (Jeanne Moreau) engineer the "perfect murder" of her husband. Shot by Henri Decaë, who also lensed the first films of François Truffaut and Claude Chabrol, Elevator to the Gallows was a stunning debut for 24-year-old director Malle, winning him the Prix Delluc, France's most prestigious film award. Ushering in the French New Wave, it also made an international super-star of cool beauty Moreau, here giving perhaps the most iconic performance of her career.

Repeat screening with lecture/discussion on Saturday, October 10 at Noon. Both screenings will be held at the Plaza Theatre.

Forthcoming are additional details for this and other screenings of French New Wave films by the likes of Truffaut, Varda, and Godard!