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A realistic film,
This review is from: The Asphalt Jungle  [DVD] (DVD)
"The Asphalt Jungle" is one of the few Hollywood films to follow the Russian tradition of picture-making; for the film does not include actors who are "stars" in the accepted sense of the word, but people who have been encouraged to "sink" their characters fully into the roles they are playing. Even Marilyn Monroe - in one of her first film parts - is not listed in the opening credit titles.
The movie captures perfectly the weaknesses of human nature that comes from greed & the wish to have more than one`s "fair share" . The contrast in the characters is notable: for example, the coolness of the German "Doctor" and the nervousness of the bookmaker.
The black & white photography is gritty & helps create the sombre atmosphere of the film. The use of music too, is restrained: only in the first & last scenes of the picture is there any "soundtrack" background music. Otherwise the music emanates from "natural" sources i.e. radio, jukebox etc., altogether an absorbing film, well worth seeing; a classic of its kind.
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Initial post: 11 Feb 2009 23:55:19 GMT
H. Dumpty says:
Perceptive point re. the music. I had not spotted that.
Posted on 10 May 2013 20:27:10 BDT
T. S. C. says:
Really good review of one my favourite films. Many of the Noirs and crime thrillers and general thrillers from these times (40's, 50's) are somehow timeless; just after the war when all the threat from that was gone, and just before the social revolutions of the 50's and 60's of Black and ethnic minority rights, rising affluence and of course the beginning of Rock and Roll and all that went with that. So these films are interesting for portraying that period of transition; and of course for the fact that many of them are superb dramas and although constrained more by what they couldn't show than what they could, are often extremely graphic and frank in their detail and portrayal of America's underbelly.
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