Ascenseur Pour L’échafaud is a 1958 French crime film directed by Louis Malle, released as Elevator To The Gallows in the United States. The film stars Jeanne Moreau and Maurice Ronet and features a score by Miles Davis that was described by jazz critic Phil Johnson as “the loneliest trumpet sound you will ever hear, and the model for sad-core music ever since. Hear it and weep.”

The Criterion Collection DVD – Bonus Features:

  • New, restored high-definition digital transfer
  • New and archival interviews with Louis Malle, actors Jeanne Moreau and Maurice Ronet, and original soundtrack session pianist René Urtreger
  • Footage of Miles Davis improvising the film’s score
  • New video discussion about the score with jazz critic Gary Giddins and musician Jon Faddis
  • New and improved English subtitle translation
  • 28-page booklet with essays by critic Terrence Rafferty and producer Vincent Malle and an interview with Louis Malle