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(Asphalt)

Scene from "Asphalt" (photo courtesy of Stiftung Deutsche Kinemathek/Filmmuseum Berlin)

Asphalt belongs to the genre "street movies" of the 1920s and tells the story of a young woman arrested because of theft. A young police officer, overcome by her charm, lets her escape. After murdering her lover, he is filled with remorse and turns to his father, a veteran police officer himself, and confesses everything. The police officer hands over his own son to justice.


Joe May was born in 1880 in Vienna and died in 1954 in Hollywood. He began his film career in 1912 with In der Tiefe des Schachtes. In 1915 he founded his own production company in Berlin, May Film, and started the "Joe Deebs" detective series Das Gesetz der Mine. Like so many artists at the time, May emigrated via London to Hollywood in 1933. A selection of his other films includes: Der Man im Keller (1914), Hilde Warren und der Tod (1917), Veritas vincit (1919), Das wandernde Bild (1920), Tragoedie der Liebe (1923), Die letzte Kompagnie (1930), Ihre Majestaet die Liebe (1930), Ein Lied fuer Dich (1933), and Johnny Doesn't Live Here Anymore (1944), among others.
Genre Drama
Category Feature, Silent
Year of Production 1929
Director Joe May
Screenplay Joe May, Hans Székely, Rolf E. Vanloo
Cinematography Günther Rittau
Willy Schmidt-Genter
Erich Kettelhut, Robert Herlth, Walter Roehrig
Cast Gustav Fröhlich, Betty Amann, Albert Steinrueck, Else Heller, Hans Adalbert Schlettow, Hans Albers, Rosa Valetti, Paul Hoerbiger, Karl Platen, Hermann Vallentin
Producer Erich Pommer
Production Company Universum-Film (Ufa)/Berlin
Length 95 min
Format 35 mm, b&w
Original Version
 Silent with German intertitles
German Distributor Transit Film/Munich

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