ELEVATOR TO THE GALLOWS
As Julien attempts to retrieve an incriminating piece of evidence from the crime, he becomes trapped in an elevator while Florence wanders the rainy, neon-lit night, thinking she's been abandoned. Meanwhile, an impulsive teenage couple has stolen Julien's car and gone on a joyride, which results in tragedy -- and more complications for Julien.
The score was improvised by Miles Davis as he watched the film (below is a video where you can see the intense concentration on his face as he plays during the single recording session). The music was used sparingly, increasing its impact. Jazz critic critic Phil Johnson describes it as "the loneliest trumpet sound you will ever hear, and the model for sad-core music ever since. Hear it and weep."
The Criterion edition includes a restored, high-definition digital transfer on disc 1, while disc 2 has a new interview with Jeanne Moreau and archival ones with Louis Malle and amazing footage of Miles Davis at the recording session for the score.