• Janine

    1961. France. Maurice Pialat. 17 min.

  • Elevator to the Gallows

    1958. France. Louis Malle. 86 min.

Friday, April 18, 2008, 6:15 p.m.

Theater 2 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 2), T2

  • Janine

    1961. France. Directed by Maurice Pialat. Screenplay by Claude Berri. Music by René Urtreger. With Berri, Evelyne Ker, Hubert Deschamps. Another nocturne filmed on location throughout Paris, about two men, one melancholy and the other smitten with a prostitute. In French; English subtitles. 17 min.

  • Elevator to the Gallows

    1958. France. Directed by Louis Malle. Screenplay by Malle, Roger Nimier. Music by Miles Davis. With Jeanne Moreau, Maurice Ronet. Perhaps the most perfect use of jazz improvisation in cinema history, Miles Davis's nocturne for Jeanne Moreau's tremulous walk through the rainy, lamplit streets of Paris is an iconic modernist expression of loneliness and longing. Like Davis, whose plaintive, sensuous score marked a critical transition from hard bop toward modality, Moreau uses silence and space to build exquisite tensions, then pierces them in startling, violent ways; where there was emptiness, now there is profound joy, despair, impetuousness, rapture.... In French; English subtitles. 86 min.

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