Top 5 - Louis Malle Films

Movie memrobillia at Columns Hotel, New Orleans LA

Movie memrobillia at Columns Hotel, New Orleans LA

January, 2017

Louis Malle, was born on October 30th, 1932 and died on November 23rd, 1995.  His French noble family, discouraged him from pursuing his artistic endeavors. However with his persistence, his family caved in and allowed him to enter the Institute of Advanced Cinematographic Studies in Paris and the rest is cinematic history.

Mr. Malle, a prolific filmmaker, was always looking to find a human connection with the audience.  For example, in the film Pretty Baby (filmed in New Orleans), Malle co-wrote the screenplay about a prostitute and her daughter living in Storyville - New Orleans’ famous Red Light District.  By taking on this controversial subject he didn’t shy away from the ills and realities of the Gilded Age. This was his true genius, to relate the raw emotions of his characters to the audience.

His directing style was one of patience, always taking his time with his projects. So much so, that he resisted the numerous requests to make pictures in Hollywood because he knew that the studios would want to interfere with his deliberate directing style.

He was always delving into unique themes, and most cinephiles would agree that his mass appeal was that his work was never on the same topic but always left a lasting impression.

If you have never seen a Louis Malle film, here are my top 5 recommendations:

  1. Elevator to the Gallows (1958)
  2. The Lovers (1958)
  3. Pretty Baby (1978)
  4. Atlantic City (1980)
  5. Au Revoir Les Enfants (1987)


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