The Docks of New York
Sunday, Jul 15, 2012 12:00 PM
Castro Theatre



Underwritten by Adam Rubinson

Co-Presented by Film Noir Foundation



USA, 1928, approximately 76 minutes


Directed by Josef von Sternberg


Cast: George Bancroft, Betty Compson, Olga Baclanova, Clyde Cook



Von Sternberg’s atmospheric, shadowy Docks presages film noir in its depiction of hapless souls straight out of a police blotter. In a seedy bar, a sailor (George Bancroft) and a good-time girl (Betty Compson) create a bond out of animal attraction and commiseration. Their romance is unsentimental and von Sternberg’s characteristic exquisite camerawork and framing imbue the story with depth and courage. A masterpiece!

Accompanied by Donald Sosin on the grand piano.

Introduced by Eddie Muller