Louis Malle Collection: Volume 1

  |  Buy to Own: 26/06/2006
  |  375 min
Rated TBC by the BBFC


Four films from the celebrated 'nouvelle vague' French director. 'Ascenseur Pour L'Echafaud' (1957) is black comedy/thriller where a crime of passion goes horribly wrong as the killer gets trapped in a lift. His lover (Jeanne Moreau), the victim's wife, is out searching for him in Paris. Meanwhile a young hood and his girl steal the killer's car and he unwittingly gets involved in another crime. This was Malle's first film as director and it partly set the tone for the 'new wave' to come. Notable for its famous jazz score, improvised in one night by Miles Davis while the film was being projected. In 'Le Feu Follet' (1963) a recovering alcoholic (Maurice Ronet) decides to commit suicide. He spends 24 hours wandering through Paris and visiting old friends, hoping to find some meaning to life and a reason to go on living. Winner of a Special Jury prize at the Venice Film Festival in 1963. In 'Les Amants' (1958), Moreau stars as a woman desperate to free herself from a provincial marriage. So she heads for the excitement of Paris with her friends. A chance encounter gives her the excitement she has been craving for. Finally, 'Zazie Dans Le Metro' (1960) is the story of Zazie (Catherine Demongeot), a ten year old girl who desperately wants to ride on the Paris Metro during her holidays. But when she arrives and finds out that there is a 24 hour strike on, she runs riot through the city instead.