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Asphalt (1929)

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:

Joe May

Writers:

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

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Fine German silent.
21 August 2011 | by zetesSee all my reviews

It's a good film all around, but it's most notable for finding yet another remarkable silent beauty queen, Betty Amann, who could perhaps have been a huge star if the era had continued. With her jet-black bob-cut, she'll remind many of Louise Brooks, but, aside from a similar hairdo, she's not much like Brooks. The story concerns a cop (Metropolis' Gustav Froehlich) who picks up Amann for stealing a diamond from a jewelry store. She tries to seduce him so he'll let her go, but he's so morally upright she basically has to jump on top of him to get what she wants. Froehlich walks away from the situation bewildered, but also kind of in love with her. She, too, develops feelings for the poor little innocent, but odds are against them. Especially when her gangster boyfriend shows back up. I wouldn't quite group this among the silent masterpieces, but it's a fine film. And Amann really is wonderful (she would go on to co-star in Hitchcock's The Rich and the Strange, and she also pops up in Nancy Drew... Reporter). I think it might be a bit better known if not for the lousy title. "Asphalt" only really refers to Froehlich's job as a traffic cop, but I don't see what else it has to do with the film.


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Country:

Germany

Language:

None | German

Release Date:

3 May 1930 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Asfalto See more »

Filming Locations:

Berlin, Germany See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Universum Film (UFA) See more »
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Runtime:

| (restored)

Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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