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  • Summary: A re-release of Louis Malle's 1957 masterpiece of suspense and film noir starring Jeanne Moreau, in the role that catapulted her to international stardom. (Rialto Pictures)
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  1. Positive: 12 out of 12
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 12
  3. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. A plan for a perfect murder goes wildly wrong in this 1958 melodrama by one of France's great filmmakers.
  2. A suspenseful, elegant entertainment.
  3. As French crime thrillers go, this is about as good as it gets.
  4. 90
    Moreau's nocturnal wanderings are made unbearably poignant by an exquisite Miles Davis jazz score that became famous in its own right.
  5. It's precisely Malle's omnivorous appetite that makes his first feature, adapted from a policier, so delectable, one stuffed with many sumptuous sights and sounds.
  6. 75
    The film's look makes a divine accessory for its music, which Miles Davis composed. There's not even 20 minutes of it in the film, yet it still defines the atmosphere, transforming a crime yarn into a bebop noir.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 7
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 7
  3. Negative: 1 out of 7
  1. Mar 7, 2011
    Fantastic film that anticipates the French New Wave.The cinematogrophy is incredible,and the jazz score by Miles Davis is one of the best ever ,in my opinion.Highly recommended. Collapse
  2. Sep 10, 2012
    Please, this film was properly titled "Elevator to the Gallows", and only casually referred to as "Frantic", which was actually a 2005 Harrison Ford film of much lower critical acclaim. I'm led to believe that this was no mistake, but a calculated means of boosting media sales of the more recent film. You should point this out, correct your error, and list the Ford movie, because the absence of its listing in your catalog gives me all the more reason to believe that the confusion you caused was intentional. List both films in your catalog , and title both of them correctly. And please, spare me any drummed-up excuses that come to your mind that will play to the illusion that this was some sort of oversight. Expand

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