Wednesday, June 6th
9:00pm labybabymiss (live piano performance)
11:00pm ladybabymiss (live piano performance)
Looking forward to our live soundtrack night coming up later this summer, we will show Louis Malle’s 1958 classic film noir thriller, Elevator to the Gallows (Ascenseur pour l’èchafaud); the only film to have been scored by Jazz legend Miles Davis. Davis’ score, a brooding modal composition, was improvised in one night long session to projections of the film. At the height of his early ‘Birth of the Cool’ period, Davis’ band wrap their uniquely expressive sound around a tense ‘Theatre of the Absurd’-influenced thriller.
The feature-film debut of famed director Louis Malle is an interesting, modern film noir with the classic theme of lovers plotting to kill the husband and make it look like suicide. Jeanne Moreau, as Florence Carala, gives an astonishing performance, perverse but naive as she leads her young lover down a path that can only lead to doom for both of them. This destructive and strained plot is heightened by Davis’ score to the extent that sound and image become inseparably bound together.
The night will also feature a live piano performance by our good friend ladybabymiss.