MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 9,148 this week

Asphalt (1929)

 -  Drama | Film-Noir  -  3 May 1930 (USA)
7.6
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.6/10 from 718 users  
Reviews: 15 user | 12 critic

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 »

Director:

Writers:

(screenplay), (screenplay), 2 more credits »
0Check in
0Share...

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 30 titles
created 21 Jun 2011
 
a list of 44 titles
created 15 Apr 2012
 
a list of 40 titles
created 01 Jun 2012
 
a list of 21 titles
created 13 Oct 2012
 
a list of 22 titles
created 22 Nov 2012
 

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Asphalt (1929)

Asphalt (1929) on IMDb 7.6/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Asphalt.
1 win. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
Albert Steinrück ...
Else Heller ...
Frau Holk
...
Betty Amann ...
Else Kramer
Hans Adalbert Schlettow ...
Konsul Langen
Hans Albers ...
Ein Dieb
Arthur Duarte
Paul Hörbiger ...
Ein Dieb
Trude Lieske
Karl Platen
Rosa Valetti ...
Frau an der Theke
Hermann Vallentin
Kurt Vespermann ...
(as Curt Vesperman)
Edit

Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Genres:

Drama | Film-Noir

Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

3 May 1930 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Asphalt  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (restored)

Sound Mix:

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
marvelous visual & thematic template
5 August 2004 | by (Montreal) – See all my reviews

Joe May's "Asphalt" is not as well remembered as the other masterpieces of German silent expressionist cinema, possibly due to the lack of immortals in the cast and its decidedly commercial scenario. But it certainly deserves a mention alongside the great works of Lang, Pabst, Murnau, et al. The cop-seduced-by-the-sexy-crook plot is the prototype for many a great (and not-so-great) film noir to come, and the seduction scene certainly packs a punch. Like most films of the time, it eventually descends into melodrama, but Gunther Rittau's remarkably mobile and probing camera is so skillful in revealing the characters' thoughts and lending pathos to their plight that he and the director transcend the clichés in the manner of Stahl and Ophuls, with some Langian irony peeking through at times. The opening profile of the city is a justly famed visual tour-de-force, but the stark, expressionist compositions that highlight the climax are just as striking and iconic. May never made the big time in Hollywood, but spun a few good programmers for the B picture mill.


20 of 23 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Where can I watch this online? crawlingkitty
cast listing is incorrect--Louise Brooks is NOT in this movie david_foss
Discuss Asphalt (1929) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?