Excerpt:It’s the second Friday in April when Dan sees the advertisement printed on a half-soaked newspaper and discarded on a bus stop bench. “Business professional seeking regular housekeeper. Must be over 16 and willing to work with employer on site. Wages £13.00 hourly. Duties include basic housekeeping and cleaning. Approx. 12 hours a week. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org.”
Or: Dan is an overworked, underpaid, very homosexual uni student in need of an easy job. Phil is a successful, rather lonely businessman in need of a housekeeper. This is their story.
(The german pre-talkie asphalt mobilizes its simple plot in the service of an ambitious artistic vision. A beautiful young girl, played with superb emotional range by Betty Amann, is arrested for shoplifting only to seduce the police officer called to arrest her. Throughout the film, the story threatens to descend into melodrama, but is salvaged by its soaring cinematography and inspired set design, which combine to give Asphalt a captivating elegance.)