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Asphalt (1929)

| Drama | 3 May 1930 (USA)
Joe May's sensual drama of life in the Berlin underworld is in many ways the perfect summation of German filmmaking in the silent era: a dazzling visual style, a psychological approach to ... See full summary »

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Joe May

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Joe May (screenplay) (as Fred Majo), Hans Székely (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Albert Steinrück ... Hauptwachtmeister Holk
Else Heller Else Heller ... Frau Holk
Gustav Fröhlich ... Wachtmeister Albert Holk
Betty Amann ... Else Kramer
Hans Adalbert Schlettow ... Konsul Langen
Hans Albers ... Ein Dieb
Arthur Duarte Arthur Duarte
Paul Hörbiger ... Ein Dieb
Trude Lieske Trude Lieske
Karl Platen Karl Platen
Rosa Valetti ... Frau an der Theke
Hermann Vallentin
Kurt Vespermann ... (as Curt Vesperman)
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Joe May's sensual drama of life in the Berlin underworld is in many ways the perfect summation of German filmmaking in the silent era: a dazzling visual style, a psychological approach to its characters, and the ability to take a simple and essentially melodramatic story and turn it into something more complex and inherently cinematic. Written by Anonymous

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Country:

Germany

Language:

German

Release Date:

3 May 1930 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Asfalto See more »

Filming Locations:

Berlin, Germany See more »

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Production Co:

Universum Film (UFA) See more »
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Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Poor Joe May. A pioneering director in the German film industry, he remains a comparatively little-known figure. While Lubitsch, Murnau and Lang are praised the world over, May and his films languished in obscurity. See more »

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Unlikeable Femme-Fatale Saga
3 October 2016 | by thinbeachSee all my reviews

Its hard to like 'Asphalt' simply because the lead characters are so unlikeable. A policeman who is too weak to stand by his moral compass falls for a seductive jewel thief. The film consists of his attempts to refrain from her seductions, feeling low after his failures, then going back only to fail again. It is fine for half an hour or so (the first half hour is the best), but becomes tedious and quickly loses momentum. It doesn't help that these femme-fatale stories were so overdone already.

The most winning aspect of this film is the technical achievements. After a shaky Vertov-esque beginning, it quickly becomes sleek and controlled, very modern. The noir cinematography is typically excellent for the German silents of the time.

Despite these virtues however, it is not a story that moves you in any way, except to strong dislike of the characters.


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