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Asphalt Jungle, The (1950)
As a matter of fact, that IS my poster.
Genre: Crime Noir
Overview: A German heister has a plan for a big score. He seeks the aid of a corrupt lawyer for financing his little project. Of course everyone wants a slice.
Every third Saturday in May, in my little nation’s capital known as Ottawa, Ontario, is a lovely little event that is even better than Christmas – the Great Glebe Garage Sale. A prim and proper neighbourhood locks itself down for a 10 block square garage sale event that draws people from hundred of kilometers away. Last year, for $15, I found a three-foot-tall glassed and framed poster of Marilyn Monroe, extolling the virtues of The Asphalt Jungle. I put it up on the wall with the twinge of guilt that came from the fact that I hadn’t ever seen this movie.
Well kiddies, I’m proud to say that I’m no longer a poster poseur, and more than that, I’m proud to have it on my wall, because The Asphalt Jungle is one Hell of a film, and deserving of all the praise of champion of its genre.
Experience has taught me never to trust a policeman. Just when you think one's all right, he turns legit. - Doc Riedenschneider
The visual aspects of The Asphalt Jungle are unforgivingly Noir. Every shot is starkly lit, with our questionably moral characters surrounded by dingy holes-in-the-wall and monologues delivered under bare bulbs.
[Turning on the police radio] People are being cheated, robbed, murdered, raped. And that goes on 24 hours a day, every day in the year. And that's not exceptional, that's usual. It's the same in every city in the modern world. But suppose we had no police force, good or bad. Suppose we had...[turning off the police radio] just silence. Nobody to listen, nobody to answer. The battle's finished. The jungle wins. The predatory beasts take over.
Add the talent of this cast including Sterling Hayden, James Whitmore and a young Marilyn, all directed by John Huston, well you can rest assured that The Asphalt Jungle is a film that can deliver.
Performance: 9 Cinematography: 9 Script: 10 Plot: 9 Mood: 9
Overall Rating: 92% (A Concrete Winner)
What it does for this critic is point an indelible example of what Nino Frank meant when he defined Film Noir. To me, that now means The Asphalt Jungle. It's the reason I love Film Noir, and this completely under-rated film is the reason I swear on 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die like a bible.