ELEVATOR TO THE GALLOWS (1958)
In this noir melodrama, a woman and her lover plan to murder her husband and run away together. The plan is brilliant, but interrupted by chaos in the form of a problem with the elevator.
This movie is really romantic in a way I love; it’s about the romance of a chaos vs. the romance of fate. Is it more romantic to believe a couple was fated to find each other or to believe they found each other in the chaos? This is a movie about a romance interrupted by chaos/fate. Jeanne Moreau is as beautiful as it gets in this, and her character moves me a lot. When her lover doesn’t show up after the murder and she has evidence that he’s run out on her, she knows there’s been a mistake. Her faith in their romance lasts through everything and she is the true hero of the story, an unusual angle for a story about murdering a husband. There are so many great things about this movie, but the one I’m most obsessed with is the Miles Davis score improvised in one take while watching the movie. It’s probably the hippest movie score ever.