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Big screen classics

The Asphalt Jungle

John Huston’s hugely influential heist movie charts the demise of a gang of thieves with a clear-eyed precision.

Image from The Asphalt Jungle

USA 1950
Dir John Huston
With Sterling Hayden, Louis Calhern, Jean Hagen, Sam Jaffe
Certificate PG

John Huston’s much-imitated heist movie – famously a favourite of Jean-Pierre Melville – is a no-nonsense adaptation of WR Burnett’s novel about a gang of thieves that falls apart after a daring robbery. More film gris than film noir, it boasts superb camerawork by Harold Rosson and a great cast of familiar, mostly world-weary faces, including, briefly and less wearily, a young Marilyn Monroe.

The screening on Wed 22 Jan will be introduced by Dr Lucy Bolton, Queen Mary University of London.


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