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Toledo Museum of Art to screen Elevator to the Gallows Friday, Nov. 22

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The Toledo Museum of Art will screen Elevator to the Gallows (1958) Friday, Nov. 22 at 7 p.m. in the Little Theater. Tickets are $5 for Museum members, $7 for nonmembers and $4 for students and military.

Louis Malle’s debut feature is a crime thriller about a businessman who kills his employer, the husband of his mistress, which unintentionally provokes an ill-fated chain of events. The film paved the way for the film movement known as French New Wave.

One of the most remarkable elements of the film is its jazz score by Miles Davis, which accentuates the haunting and seductive mood of a tale of two lovers whose murder plot goes off the rails.

“It’s not just the evocative soundtrack but the circumstances surrounding its recording that has long since become the stuff of legend,” said Scott Boberg, TMA’s manager of programs and audience engagement. “Davis and his accompanying musicians completed their work on the fly over the course of two nights, improvising the soundtrack as Malle screened his otherwise completed film.”

An excerpt from the soundtrack is featured in the exhibition “Everything is Rhythm”: Mid-Century Art & Music, which is on view in the New Media Gallery until Feb. 23, 2020. Admission to the exhibition is free.

“Everything is Rhythm”: Mid-Century Art & Music is sponsored by the Ohio Arts Council, additional support from 2019 Exhibition Program Sponsor ProMedica, and a gift from the estate of Rachel Merrill.