With a career spanning over thirty years, Louis Malle was one of the giants of French cinema. After he burst onto the scene as one of the pioneers of the French New Wave with “Lift To The Scaffold”, Malle quickly achieved a reputation as a great director who was unafraid to embrace a wide array of subjects – many famously controversial. Working both in Hollywood and his native France, Malle imprinted his films with subtlety, intelligence and a sharp eye for the mores of human behaviour that set him apart from his contemporaries.
This collection brings together Malle’s early French films. As well as demonstrating the young Malle’s considerable talent, these works also aptly illustrate his ability to successfully hop genres. Here we have a tense police thriller (“Lift to the Scaffold”), a romantic moral drama (“Les Amants”), a dark parable (“Le Feu Follet”) and a feverish visual comedy (“Zazie dans le Metro”).
United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: LANGUAGES: French ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), English ( Subtitles ), WIDESCREEN, SPECIAL FEATURES: Black & White, Box Set, Cast/Crew Interview(s), Interactive Menu, Multi-DVD Set, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: Elevator to the Gallows (1958); A self-assured business man murders his employer, the husband of his adulterer, which unintentionally provokes an ill-fated chain of events. ; The Fire Within (1963); Life has become unbearably painful for Alain who is in his early 30s. He once used alcohol to dull the pain. His estranged wife in New York has paid for a cure at a clinic in Versailles and sends an emissary, one of the many woman he has known, to see how Alain is. She sees only the surface as does his doctor, who says it's time for Alain to leave the clinic. He goes to Paris the next morning and has lunch with old friends, a rendezvous in a cafe and is invited to a dinner party. Will Alain make a connection that will change his mind about ending it all?; The Lovers (1958); Bored with her husband, bored with her polo-playing lover, will the middle-aged heroine go away with the young man who gave her a lift that day when her car broke down on the way back to her country estate from a weekend with her lover in Paris?; Zazie in the Subway (1960); This merry farce depicts a satirical view of the French society: Twelve years old Zazie has to stay two days with her relatives in Paris, so that her mother can spend some time with her lover. However Zazie escapes her uncle's custody and sets out to explore Paris on her own. SCREENED/AWARDED AT: Venice Film Festival, ...Louis Malle - Volume One ( Elevator to the Gallows / The Fire Within / The Lovers / Zazie in the Subway ) ( Ascenseur pour l'échafaud / Le Feu follet / Les Amants / Zazie dans le métro )