As she stalks through the night …

Ascenseur pour l’échafaud (1958) – Louis Malle
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As she stalks through the night, she is a vision of tortured heartbreak, her woeful eyes and lush, sensuous lips illuminated by neon signs and baleful streetlamps.

I watched Ascenseur pour l’échafaud with G___. This 1958 French film stars Jeanne Moreau and is directed by Louis Malle. The score is by Miles Davis and the film belongs to the film noir category. The film is about a woman who cheats on her husband and persuades her lover to kill him. Like in Fargo, things go horribly wrong. Other comparisons to be made are The Postman Always Rings Twice (lover-husband-murder theme) and Scorsese’s 1985 After Hours (its unity of time is constrained: the action takes place within 24 hours or so). The film is a celebration of fifties modernism with scenes playing in a motel, on a motorway and in a modern office building. Two cars are featured: a Cadillac and a Mercedes 300SL.

2 thoughts on “As she stalks through the night …

  1. jahsoni

    Note to self: see narratological differences in narrative time and narrated time (consult Genette and refer to unity of time) in works such as Ulysses; the terms in Dutch for narrative time and narrated time are verteltijd en vertelde tijd.

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