The Asphalt Jungle (1950) will be screened in a 4K restoration print at AFI Silver in Silver Spring, Maryland – north of Washington DC – this Friday, October 22 at 9:30 pm. With an introduction by film historian Foster Hirsch, Marilyn’s breakout movie heads up a two-week Noir City festival.
“This is the ultimate heist film and the template for all that came after — from the assembly of the team to the painstakingly chronicled break-in to the tell-tale slip-up. John Huston’s expertly orchestrated urban crime story is one of the rare noirs to attract Oscar® recognition, garnering four nominations. Crooked lawyer Louis Calhern, desperate to keep nubile mistress Marilyn Monroe, employs just-out-of-jail Sam Jaffe and small-timers Sterling Hayden, Anthony Caruso and James Whitmore for a big score. Everything is going right the night of the break-in — until everything starts to go wrong.”