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Asphalt

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Made at UFA just before the full arrival of sound, Joe May’s extraordinarily dexterous and strikingly visual silent “street film” – shot by Günther Rittau (Die Nibelungen and The Blue Angel) – is an Expressionist-inflected “love” story set amidst the teeming traffic of late 1920s modernist Berlin.

This important transitional work presents a nimble hybrid of sensibilities that fuses noir, city film, urban comedy and social realism into a story of a straight-laced traffic cop (played by Metropolis’ Gustav Fröhlich) undone by a fun-loving femme fatale (the wonderful Betty Amann).