• The Docks of New York

    1928. USA. Josef von Sternberg. 76 min.

With organ accompaniment by Ben Model

Thursday, December 13, 2007, 6:30 p.m.

Theater 2 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 2), T2

  • The Docks of New York

    1928. USA. Directed by Josef von Sternberg. Screenplay by Jules Furthman, based on the story "The Dock Walloper" by John Monk Saunders. With George Bancroft, Betty Compson, Olga Baclanova. A burly, fun-loving, easygoing steamship stoker rescues a hardened prostitute from suicide, but after winning her heart he callously abandons her, leaving money on the nightstand. The Docks of New York was one of the first films Furthman wrote for Von Sternberg, and the writer's distinctive stamp can be seen in the recurring character of the good/bad girl—she brims with erotic enticement, but can also be warm-hearted and self-sacrificing—an archetype that especially served Von Sternberg's transformation of Dietrich. (Furthman penned the Von Sternberg/Dietrich films Morocco, Shanghai Express, and Blonde Venus.) Silent. 76 min.

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