Asphalt (1929, Joe May)

screened Friday, January 12, 2007 on DVD in Brooklyn, NY IMDb Joe May's depravity-and-redemption melodrama starts off with a bravado studio-shot traffic sequence, though even that feels a little too indebted to F.W. Murnau, who produced the film. Gustav Frolich (the hero in Lang's Metropolis) and Betty Amann (a Louise Brooks sexbomb with a touch of Clara Bow girl next dooriness) are eminently watchable as a good-hearted inexperienced cop and the wanton woman who leads him astray. The endeavor gets heavily melodramatic towards the end, but for the most part it's a fun ride.