Ciné-Club: Elevator to the Gallows

Ciné-Club: Elevator to the Gallows


Sunday, February 21 at 1:00 p.m.
Free admission - Donations encouraged
This event takes place online - Zoom links will be emailed Saturday evening

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A murder. A stolen identity. Smooth, smooth jazz. It's all here in this week's Ciné-Club pick, Louis Malle's sleek noir with an iconic Mile Davis soundtrack. Join us this Sunday as we discuss:

Elevator to the Gallows (1958)

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It was the perfect murder - but for one unlucky mishap. Lovers Julien and Florence have made a pact to kill Florence's wealthy husband and run off together - a pact which almost goes off without a hitch, until Julien is trapped inside an unpowered elevator while fleeing the scene. While Julien endeavors to find a way out of the locked office building, two petty criminals hijack his unattended sports car and take it out for a joyride, borrowing Julien's ride and identity for a consequences-free night on the town. Neither party could possibly know the dark chain of events that their actions have set in motion, and as we follow Julien, Florence, and their petty crook counterparts through the course of the night, only one thing is certain - no-one's getting off scot-free. 

A stylish, brooding noir film like no other, Louis Malle's Ascenseur pour l'échafaud is the story of one night gone very, very wrong. With a brilliantly melancholic jazz score by THE Miles Davis, this film is just dripping with swanky, lonely atmosphere. Must be seen (and heard!) to be believed - let's talk about it!

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ABOUT CINÉ CLUB:

Isn’t it time you caught up on all those French classics you’ve been meaning to watch? If you’re a cinéphilefrancophile, or just looking for some fun conversation in these isolating times, we’ve got you covered.
Each week, we’ll reveal the film up for discussion by Wednesday on our social media and the events page of our website. We’ll also include some context to consider while watching, and some links for where to view it. You’ll have the rest of the week to watch the film independently and then we’ll group up online via Zoom on Sunday at 1:00 PM CST to discuss. BYOB (or W). Sound good?  

For the sake of inclusivity, the discussion will be in English. When you register, we’ll send you a link for accessing the conversation group. Come full of thoughts or just full of ramblings – we’ll take either, or both! 

Discussion will be led by Matthew Jackson, a former AF culture intern. Matthew studied film at the University of Chicago and spends most of his time blathering about movies online.