Double Feature: THE BRIDE WORE BLACK (LA MARIEE ETAIT EN NOIR), ELEVATOR TO THE GALLOWS (ASCENSEUR POUR L’ECHAFAUD) at Aero Theatre
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Double Feature: THE BRIDE WORE BLACK (LA MARIEE ETAIT EN NOIR), 1968, FilmDesk, 107 min. In Francois Truffaut’s delightfully Hitchcock-esque crime comedy, the ever-appealing Jeanne Moreau stars as Julie Kohler, whose betrothed was murdered on her wedding day. In seductive, methodical fashion, she locates each of the men responsible for her husband’s death and gives them a taste of their own medicine. In French with English subtitles.
ELEVATOR TO THE GALLOWS (ASCENSEUR POUR L’ECHAFAUD), 1958, Rialto Pictures, 91 min. Dir. Louis Malle. “I knew I loved you, but I thought only of myself,” murmurs gorgeous Jeanne Moreau – after setting in motion a murderous plot involving her fat-cat husband, a young intelligence officer (Maurice Ronet) and some of the darkest twists and turns in French cinema. Made when Malle was only 25 years old, ELEVATOR TO THE GALLOWS helped jump-start the French New Wave as one of the first films to represent the new young voice in French cinema. The dazzling cinematography is by Henri Decaë (who also shot THE 400 BLOWS) and the sublime jazz score is by Miles Davis. In French and German with English subtitles.