Ascenseur Pour L'echafaud is a 1958 French film directed by Louis Malle.
It was released as ''Lift to the Scaffold'' in the UK.
The film was nothing special, but it did accomplish one thing: it proposed a new ideal of cinematic realism, a new way to look at a woman.
Jean-Paul Rappeneau, a jazz fan and Malle's assistant at the time, suggested asking Miles Davis to create the film's Soundtrack.
He showed Davis a screening of the movie, and afterwards Miles knew exactly how to portray the smoky hazed or frantic scenes through sonic imagery.
On December 4 1957, he brought four French Jazzmen (Barney Wilen / tenor saxophone, Rene Urtreger / piano, Pierre Michelot - bass and Kenny Clarke - drums) to the recording studio ''Le Poste Parisien Studio'' without having them prepare anything.
Davis only gave the musicians a few rudimentary harmonic sequences he had assembled in his hotel room.
Eventually ''Ascenseur Pour L'echafaud'' has become a great achievement of artistic excellence.
For the first time since its original release in 1958, Music On Vinyl combined the original soundtrack and the additional recordings and created an essential 2LP set with the original artwork.
* 180 grams audiophile vinyl
* Glossy Gatefold Sleeve
* Exclusive Edition; Original '58 Soundtrack + 16 bonustracks
A2 L'Assassinat De Carala
A3 Sur L'Autoroute
A4 Julien Dans L'Ascenseur
A5 Florence Sur Les Champs-Elysees
B1 Diner Au Motel
B2 Evasion De Julien
B3 Visite Du Vigile
B4 Au Bar Du Petit Bac
B5 Chez Le Photographe Du Mot
C1 Nuit Sur Les Champs-Elysees (TAKE 1)
C2 Nuit Sur Les Champs-Elysees (TAKE 2)
C3 Nuit Sur Les Champs-Elysees (TAKE 3)
C4 Nuit Sur Les Champs Elysees (TAKE 4)
C5 Assassinat Visite Du Vigil
C6 Assassinat Julien Dans L'ascenseur
C7 Assassinat L'Assassinat De Carala
D1 Final (TAKE 1)
D2 Final (TAKE 2)
D3 Final (TAKE 3)
D5 Le Petit Bal (TAKE 1)
D6 Le Petit Bal (TAKE 2)
D7 Sequence Voiture (TAKE 1)
D8 Sequence Voiture Sur L'Aut (TAKE 2)