Genre Grandeur October Finale – Elevator to the Gallows (1958) – Encore Review – MovieRob

For this month’s final review for Genre Grandeur – French New Wave Films here’s a review of Elevator to the Gallows (1958) by me.

In case you missed any of the reviews, here’s a recap:

  1. Day For Night (1973) – David
  2. Day For Night (1973) – Sally
  3. Les Cousins (1959) – David
  4. Jules and Jim (1962) – Jay
  5. Hiroshima Mon Amour (1959) – David
  6. Elevator to the Gallows (1958) – Rob

In addition, I watched and reviewed 4 movies for my companion series Genre Guesstimation.  Unfortunately, only one of them will now be considered among my favorites of the genre.

  1. Carabineers, The (1963)
  2. Alphaville (1965)
  3. Shoot the Piano Player (1960)
  4. *Band of Outsiders (1964)

Thanks again to Keith of Keith & the Movies for choosing this month’s genre.

Next month’s genre has been chosen by Kristen of KN Winiarski Writes and we will be reviewing our favorite Classic Fantasy films (thru the 1970’s).

Please get me your submissions by the 25th of Nov by sending them to

Try to think out of the box! Great choice Kristen!

Let’s see what I thought of this movie:


“Honestly, my dear Tavernier, you often keep me waiting. During the Indochina War, it didn’t matter. What was one defeat more or less? But now you’re in big business. This isn’t a dream.” – Simon Carala

Number of Times Seen – Twice (19 Feb 2019 and 27 Oct 2020)

Link to original reviewHere

Brief Synopsis – While committing the perfect crime of murder, a man unexpectedly sets off a chain of events that allow for things to spiral out of control.

My Take on it – This is a film that I saw for the first time almost two years ago and was quite intrigued to watch again for this month’s genre.

The story is told in a very plausible and realistic fashion that helps keep things flowing so smoothly the whole way through.

The characters are all far from being perfect, yet we still find it intriguing to watch them as they commit crimes along the way.

Love the way that the story unfolds in ways one would never expect due to small errors that happen along the way.

The characters in the story have superficial connections to one another and as the story unfolds, we see how those connections at certain time get closer and in other instances more distant.

They deal with murder in a very unique way and that helps keep things moving in a very gripping and exciting way.

The story is quite timeless and could just as easily happen today as portrayed here as it did 62 years ago.

Bottom Line – Great film that is able to show how sometimes the smallest things could set off a chain reaction that we might never expect. The characters of this film has small connections with one another, but once more and more crimes occur, those connections become both closer and distant at the same time. The film deals with the idea of murder in a very intriguing way and does a wonderful job keeping this going in a very realistic and plausible fashion. The story is told in a gripping way that is enthralling from the very start and never lets up for the entire run time. The story is quite timeless and could easily take place in the present as it does 62 years ago. Highly Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – First foreign language film to be be featured on Turner Classic Movies’ “Noir Alley” on 3 March 2020. (From IMDB)

Rating – Oscar Worthy (9/10) (no change from original review)


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