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