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Asphalt: Masters Of Cinema

Released on 18 April 2005

Featuring: Betty Amann, Else Heller & Gustav Frohlich

Format: DVD | Rating: PG

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A well-dressed lady thief (Betty Amann) steals a precious stone from a jewellery shop. The aged jeweller prefers to let the young woman go, but the policeman who catches her explains he is obliged to pursue the case further. She tries to seduce the policeman (Gustav Frohlich), and he gradually succumbs to her charms, but her criminal background dooms their relationship when an argument leads to murder...

One of the last great German Expressionist films of the silent era, Joe May's 'Asphalt' is a love story set in the traffic-strewn Berlin of the late 1920s. Starring the delectable Betty Amann in her most famous leading role, 'Asphalt' is a luxuriously produced Ufa classic where tragic liaisons and fatal encounters are shaped alongside the constant roar of traffic.

Betty Amann's salacious sensuality, May's grand direction, the spectacular sets by Erich Kettelhut, and the photography of Günther Rittau make this largely unknown film a major rediscovery. Until recently, Asphalt was available only in a shortened version with English-language intertitles. In 1993 the Stiftung Deutsche Kinemathek (Berlin) discovered a print of Asphalt at the Gosfilmofond archive in Moscow which appeared to have been struck from the original negative. The chronology of scenes in this print differs from existing versions and there are extra scenes together with the hitherto-unknown German intertitles.
  • Newly restored transfer
  • New orchestral score from Karl-Ernst Sasse
  • 16 page booklet with essay from film historian R. Dixon Smith
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 Good and polished silent effort

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This is a beautiful film, both emotionally and visually. Stunning set design and a sultry, sexy atmoshpere drench the film in a noirish haze. The melodrama is perhaps too thick for modern audiences, but women always love a good love story and Betty Amann's irrresistibility will certainly keep men watching. Overall, a vivid and pretty film to watch, just its over the top story keeps it firmly in the 1920s

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ActorsBetty Amann, Else Heller, Gustav Frohlich & Hans Albers
DirectorJoe May
CertificatePG
Year1929
ScreenFullscreen 4:3
LanguagesSilent - Dolby Digital
SubtitlesOriginal German intertitles and optional English subtitles
Duration1 hour and 34 minutes (approx)
RegionRegion 2 - Will only play on European Region 2 or multi-region DVD players.