Underrated German crime drama about a naive traffic cop (Gustav Fröhlich) who falls for a chic jewel thief (Betty Amann). It’s all terribly stylish, with Amann dragging Fröhlich down into the criminal underworld while he tries to drag her back to the side of law and order.
One thing that everyone loves about silent movies: style! Those gorgeous clothes! Those mad hats! Those wonderful looks! But how do we achieve them? Allow the lovely ladies of silent film to educate you on makeup, perfume and primping.
Ivan Mosjoukine, Betty Amann, and Lil Dagover directed by Alexandre Volkoff in a Tolstoy adaptation? Who do I have to kill? No one, as it turns out. This is the cast and director of The White Devil, one of the last major silent films to be produced in Germany.
He’s a naïve Berlin cop. She’s a streetwise thief. Yup. Romance. But we’re in this for the Weimar gutter glamor and this film delivers in spades. One of the last great silent films to come out of the German industry, Asphalt is also a revelation for anyone who has not seen the work of director Joe May.
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