Movie #8 The Asphalt Jungle
(1950, USA, d. John Huston)
“Crime is just the left hand of human endeavor”
This is one of the first film noirs ever made in America. Specifically, it’s a gangster film noir. But even more special: it’s the first heist film. While heists were covered in gangster films past, this is the first film to have sequences developed to planning the heist and a (very tense) 11 minute heist scene.
It’s also a very good character study and very smoothly inserts the moralistic “Crime Does Not Pay” message at the end.