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Wet Asphalt (1958)

Nasser Asphalt (original title)
| Drama, Thriller | 1964 (USA)
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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Greg Bachmann
Martin Held ...
Cesar Boyd
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Bettina
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Jupp
Heinz Reincke ...
Der Blinde
Inge Meysel ...
Gustl
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Donnagan
Renate Schacht ...
Wanda
Richard Münch ...
Dr. Wolf
Ludwig Linkmann ...
Tanek
Aranka Jaenke ...
Frau Adorf
Nikolai Baschkoff ...
Cepinek
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Marlene Riphahn
Lenny Schultz
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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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Cesar Boyd: All right, I'm a liar. I made the entire thing up from beginning to end. Are you satisfied? Caesar Boyd confesses. Please stay.
Greg Bachmann: I would rather die.
Cesar Boyd: Greg, don't act as though you didn't know the facts of life. This is how it's always been. Lies, lies, lies. We newspapermen live by lies. A lie is nothing but a journalist's trademark. That's what sells newspapers.
Greg Bachmann: In the life of everyman they say there's a turning point. Last night I decided to finish you once and for all, but I'm afraid I ...
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Intriguing Ideas -- Seen, Alas, in A Dubbed Version
29 September 2006 | by (NY, NY) – See all my reviews

I have always eschewed dubbed movies. This may be the first one I've ever seen. The dubbed dialog includes a lot of forced sounding laughter and is highly reminiscent of inaccurate subtitles. Probably when the Unites States exports action movies that make hundreds of millions of dollars abroad, the dubbing is slicker.

The plot involves a young man token out of prison to assist a well known journalist. The young man is played by Horst Buchholz, surely one of the handsomest men ever to work in major movies. The journalist and his young female ward are unknown to me and it's difficulty to comment on their acting under these circumstances.

I have the feeling, which could be wrong, that the Buchholz character is meant to be a little like the Terrence Stamp character in Pasolini's "Teorema" -- that he is attractive to all who encounter him.

In any case, it's interesting to me that this movie was released a few years before "One, Two, Three." That is probably the movie for which most Americans know Buchholz. The plot is similar to that of Wilder's earlier "Ace in the Hole," in that it involves cynical, exploitative journalists.

I am not a fan of One, Two, Three," though I like almost everything else Wilder did in this country enormously. This project, with the same young male lead, might have been a more interesting undertaking for the man who made not only "Ace in the Hole" but also "A Foreign Affair."


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