A new release of Louis Malle’s 1957 masterpiece of suspense and film noir starring Jeanne Moreau, in the role that catapulted her to international stardom.
Florence (Jeanne Moreau) is married to the wealthy arms dealer Simon Carala (Jean Wall), but is involved in a scandalous affair with one of her husband’s employees, Julien (Maurice Ronet). Julien daringly climbs into Simon’s office with a rope and kills him without leaving a trace- or so he thought. Julien accidentally forgets the rope at the crime scene and soon realises he must retrieve it. On his way out, he gets stuck in the building’s elevator- and this is just the beginning of his bad luck.
Associated by some critics with the film noir style, and introducing new narrative and editing techniques, the film is considered an important work in establishing the Nouvelle Vague and the New Modern Cinema. Its musical score by Miles Davis and the relationship the film establishes between music, image and emotion, are elements that remain ground-breaking to this day.
In French with English subtitles
Opening Night in Sydney at Hayden Oprheum Cremorne
Not screening in Perth