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The Asphalt Jungle
The City Under the City
Recently paroled from prison, legendary burglar "Doc" Riedenschneider, with funding from Alonzo Emmerich, a crooked lawyer, gathers a small group of veteran criminals together in the Midwest for a big jewel heist.
One way or another, we all work for our vice.
My second John Huston adaptation of a W.R. Burnett novel this week, the first one being High Sierra. Huston co-wrote this one with Ben Maddow, but also directed this time around. It is one of the most influential heist films ever made for the simple fact that Huston and Maddow realized, even at this early stage, that what would make the film great wasn't the heist itself, but the characters involved.
The film is filled with clearly defined characterization with, even more impressively, very specific dialogue styles written for everyone in the film. Combine that with great performances by the entire ensemble cast and you end up with…
I have to admit that I was a bit predisposed to like this movie, I might say even giddy. It stars Sterling Hayden, and he plays two of my favourite characters in two of my favourite films; The Killing, and Dr. Strangelove. While it could be argued, successfully, that he plays the same character every time, I don’t really care. I just love his no nonsense tough guy delivery. Probably even more than James Cagney or Humphrey Bogart.
The first thing that struck me was the absence of score. Beyond the opening, there is none. The second thing that struck me was the sumptuous cinematography. This is a master plying his trade. This is the best looking and photographed Noir…
I don't know why I expected Asphalt Jungle to be one of the best film noirs ever made. Perhaps it was because I was so familiar with the title that I made that assumption. There is little doubt that my very high expectations contributed to my disappointment.
The film isn't bad by any stretch; it just isn't the masterpiece I thought it would be.
It takes a while for the film to get going, and there is very little drama in the first few segments to be fully engrossing. The word "flat" describes it best but I'm not sure I could explain it if asked.
There is a very long introduction to all of the characters made interesting simply because…
There's part of me that, for the rest of my life, wants to watch nothing but movies about criminal masterminds pulling off elaborate capers. What it says about me as a person I cannot say, but the vicarious thrill I get from watching intelligent professionals pulling off "the crime of the century" is frankly unmatched by any other type of film. As such, I have a tremendous amount of admiration for John Huston's The Asphalt Jungle, as it is generally considered the genesis of the modern heist film. But here's the funny thing about this movie - it's probably the most unglamorous look at the inner-workings of a criminal conspiracy that you could possibly imagine. For all the stories of…
Solid heist noir by any standard, but didn't quite live up to its lofty reputation. For one, the heist was... kind of easy, wasn't it? The cast was almost uniformly terrific though, and even early on you do really want to see more of Marilyn. It's well shot and mostly well done, I'm not sure why I didn't love it but it's still very entertaining stuff.
"If I ever see you runnin' over a cat, I'll kick your teeth out."
I know most people might clamor for "The African Queen" or "The Treasure of Sierra Madre" but for my money after seeing this excellent caper film will call "The Asphalt Jungle" John Huston's best film.
There's an entire world created here even if its sloppier than most others. It really feels like the actions have wide spread consequences in these gutters and harbors blacker than midnight. Sam Jaffe is phenomenal, giving off a more layers to his character than Bogey ever could. And that actual heist scene is something out of "Rififi" except much slicker.
When I step into what is widely considered a classic "noir" film I have a few expectations, steely eyed yet corruptible men, women of loose morals, ornate yet precise and witty dialogue. What really separated this film from other noir/dramas from the time is how the element of justice is played out. Often the characters just desserts are shoehorned into the story to appease the industry at the time, but here it's very much a part of the fabric of this film. Really about half the movie is dedicated to making sure that those responsible for wrong doings receive their comeuppance which makes for a harrowing ride; we're both rooting for the heroes, but rightfully anticipate and accept their ultimate…
Another noir where the Hays code dictates all the bad guys must pay at the end. It has a great cast (i honestly can't even remember Monroe's role here) and solid direction from Houston. Too bad the plot is just rehashed formulas of the genre, and preachy as i already mentioned.
From IMDb: "When the intelligent criminal Erwin "Doc" Riedenschneider (Sam Jaffe) is released from prison, he seeks a fifty thousand-dollar investment from the bookmaker Cobby (Marc Lawrence) to recruit a small gang of specialists for a million-dollar heist of jewels from a jewelry. Doc is introduced to the lawyer Alonzo D. Emmerich (Louis Calhern) that offers to finance the whole operation and buy the gems immediately after the burglary. Doc hires the safecracker Louis Ciavelli (Anthony Caruso), the driver Gus Minissi (James Whitmore) and the gunman Dix Handley (Sterling Hayden) to the heist. His plan works perfectly but bad luck and betrayals compromise the steps after the heist and the gangsters need to flee from the police." This is a…
A good film with characterful performances, most notably Sterling Hayden as a musclebound accomplice of uncommon height and Marilyn Monroe whose celebrity is such, one almost forgets she was ever an actress. Cincinnati is an intriguing and novel setting as the plot takes a number of unexpected twists and turns.
Taut, real and stylishly sophisticated. Superbly acted all round, especially Louis Calhern. Have to praise Huston for spotlighting reality and the serious manner in which he told the story, love the fact that there's no score (until the end). But judging from the Huston films I've seen, I would say he's not an auteur. His films, including this, are void of any under lying personal feelings or a distinctive technical style. On the whole, I was very impressed with this, although the ending was completely botched.
#catlove #corncracker over-wound noir not worth the time but not awful.
it does have the best ever description of a police siren: "it sounds like a saw in hell"
John Huston's well crafted and influential heist flick left me glued to the screen. Lovely black&white imagery and character development.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
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