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.
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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