Asphalt (part of the PMA Film Series Cinema of Weimar Germany)

“In keeping with the theme of the Robbers exhibition, this film is about thievery—but with a gendered twist. A straightlaced traffic cop is seduced by a cunning lady jewel thief and lured into a dangerous love triangle. May’s close-ups emphasize the stunning performances of his leading actors, his meticulous attention to lighting and scene composition, and his use of a mirror in the climactic scene of violence makes him one of the great film directors of the Weimar era. The film’s style, setting, and plot allow the viewer to revel in the glamour of Weimar Berlin, while also contemplating its darker, more vulnerable sides.” —Jill Smith, Osterweis Associate Professor of German, Chair of German Department, Bowdoin college, and curator of this film series

The Weimar Era, the short-lived interwar period in Germany (1918 to 1933), is widely regarded as the Golden Age of German cinema. German movies during this time gave rise to influential aesthetics such as Expressionism and New Objectivity while portraying representations of class and gender as well as progressions of industrialization and globalization. This series explores highlights of Weimar Era cinema, offering a selection of films that remain captivating, beautiful, and highly evocative to this day.

Directed by Joe May, 1929
90 minutes

In conjunction with this film series, The Robbers: German Art in a Time of Crisis is on view through July 15.



Show Times

  • Thursday, May 3, 2018 - 6:00pm
Not Rated


$8 general admission
$6 for members and students w/ valid i.d.

Tickets may be purchased in advance at the Admissions Desk, online, or by calling 207-775-6148.

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