Seminal Image #723


The Asphalt Jungle
(John Huston; 1950)

2 comments:

Vanwall said...

Poor Mrs. Ciavelli - this would be her lonely future after the heist. One of my favorite movies, not least for its spare and bleak realist viewpoint, but Jean Hagen's work here was exemplary and human - between this film and "Singin' In The Rain" she should've gotten a couple statuettes. Every part was perfectly acted, and Monroe and Calhern were pitch-perfect together - she played well off his performance, and it's my favorite Calhern part as well. "You big banana-head" never seemed lovelier coming out of a girl's mouth. ;-) It's also remarkably true to Burnett's novel, even hinting at Doc's nasty vice a little.

Nate said...

Vanwall, couldn’t agree more, Hagen is phenomenal! I love her talking to Hayden while her eyelash comes off. Great and in many ways underrated movie all around. The confrontation between Hayden and Dexter is excellent too. I’m always surprised that this one doesn’t get talked about more...