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Un ascenseur pour l'échaffaud/Elevator to the Gallows

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Un ascenseur pour l'échaffaud / Elevator to the gallows (1958, 91 min) by Louis Malle

In his mesmerizing debut feature, 24 year-old director Louis Malle brought together the beauty of Jeanne Moreau and a now legendary score by Miles Davis. A touchstone of the careers of both its star and director, Elevator to the Gallows is a richly atmospheric thriller of murder and mistaken identity unfolding over one restless Parisian night. — Criterion


Short film: Marlene (2015, 6 min) By Andry Berlin

In English
After receiving ominous medical news,Marlene finds her world turned upside down.This delicately crafted local drama puts its main character into the spotlight through expressionist direction and an impeccable lead performance.


Naomi Beckwith A native Chicagoan, Beckwith grew up in Hyde Park and attended Lincoln Park High School, going on to receive a BA in history from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. She completed an MA with Distinction from the Courtauld Institute of Art in London, presenting her master's thesis on Adrian Piper and Carrie Mae Weems. Afterward, she was a Helena Rubenstein Critical Studies Fellow at the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program in New York. Beckwith was a fall 2008 grantee of the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and was named the 2011 Leader to Watch by ArtTable. She serves on the boards of the Laundromat Project (New York) and Res Artis (Amsterdam).

Louis Malle worked in both French cinema and Hollywood, and he produced both French and English language films. His most famous films include the crime filmAscenseur pour l'échafaud (1958), the World War II drama Lacombe, Lucien (1974), the romantic crime film Atlantic City (1980), the comedy-drama My Dinner with Andre (1981), and the autobiographical film Au revoir les enfants (1987).


Paris/Chicago - Film retrospective 2016-2017

The City of Lights and the Windy City come together at the Alliance for our Film Retrospective 2016-17 as we highlight the 20th anniversary of sister cities Chicago and Paris.

Join our guest speakers from both sides of the ocean as they show us the Paris they love. Discover Chicago filmmakers with a selection of short films curated by the Chicago International Film Festival before each feature presentation. Enjoy a cinematic journey from the Pont Neuf to the LaSalle Street bridge with us!


Parking: 12 hours for $8 at two locations close to the Alliance. More information here.

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