Friday, Nov. 22: 7 p.m., Little Theater
With his debut feature, the crime thriller Elevator to the Gallows (1958), Louis Malle helped pave the way for the imminent 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 have long since become the stuff of legend: over the course of a single night, in a rented Parisian studio, Davis and his accompanying musicians (including French pianist René Urtreger and American drummer Kenny Clarke) completed their work on the fly. An excerpt of the soundtrack is featured in the exhibition “Everything is Rhythm”: Mid-Century Art and Music.
Tickets are $5 for members, $7 for nonmembers and $4 for students and military.