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Wet Asphalt (1958)
"Nasser Asphalt" (original title)

 -  Drama | Thriller  -  1964 (USA)
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In Berlin, when the journalist Greg Bachmann is released from prison six months before the end of his sentence, there is a driver named Jupp waiting for him. Soon he learns that the famous ... See full summary »

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In Berlin, when the journalist Greg Bachmann is released from prison six months before the end of his sentence, there is a driver named Jupp waiting for him. Soon he learns that the famous journalist Cesar Boyd was the responsible for the shorter sentence. Cesar offers a position of his assistant to Greg; in return, Boyd would write his story about his interviews to war criminals and Greg would help him in other matters. Meanwhile Boyd welcomes the daughter of a deceased friend, Bettina, and he becomes her guardian. Greg and Bettina feels immediately attracted by each other but Boyd is also interested in Bettina. When Boyd needs to send an article to a newspaper in Paris, he fabricates a story of a group of five German soldiers that have lived in a bunker in Poland for six years. In the end, one blind soldier would have survived and was sent to a Polish hospital. The story becomes a great sensation, affecting the governments of Poland, Russia and Germany and their inhabitants. When ... Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Horst Buchholz becomes disillusioned with Martin Held's fabricated news stories
24 December 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Wet Asphalt" opens with a shot of a wet asphalt pavement that reflects a prison from which Horst Buchholz is being released, upon the intervention of news writer Martin Held. Buchholz got into hot water by doing some investigative reporting interviews with war criminals. Seeing potential there, Held hires him on. Soon they are visited by pretty Maria Perschy, who has little to do in this movie but be attractive to both men.

The story takes a cynical turn when Held fabricates a story based on an experience told to him by Gert Frobe, who is his chauffeur and helper. The results are international attention and big power moves. Buchholz wants to go to Poland to follow up Held's tale of Germans emerging from a well-stocked underground shelter after years and their accidentally being walled up. Held, who has kept the idealistic Buchholz in the dark, resists and adds to his tale.

The theme is the corruption of the press for which lies and exaggerations are an habitual way to sell papers. It's nowhere near as well done as "Ace in the Hole" and it lacks the punch of "Slander". For much of its length, it seems like an amusing satire. The stakes never get that high. No wounded miner's life is involved and no one's reputation. The dramatic conflict is between the clever Held and the flummoxed Buchholz, and it seems strained. Still, Held is the main show and he puts across his character in a worthwhile performance. He makes this movie worth seeing. Gert Frobe certainly adds a great deal. Buchholz's part lacks depth and gives him less to do. The story simply doesn't build the conflict deep enough.

This movie is a tad noirish but really lies outside the noir category in which it is sometimes placed.


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