Underworld

Underworld

A film by Josef von Sternberg
Starring George Bancroft, Clive Brook, Evelyn Brent

Josef von Sternberg’s riveting breakthrough is widely considered the film that launched the American gangster genre as we know it. George Bancroft plays heavy Bull Weed, a criminal kingpin whose jealous devotion to his moll, Feathers (Evelyn Brent), gets him into hot water with a rival hood and, ultimately, the authorities. With its supple, endlessly expressive camera work and tightly wound screenplay based on a story by legendary scribe Ben Hecht (who won an Oscar for it the first year the awards were given), Underworld solidified von Sternberg’s place as one of Hollywood’s most exciting new talents. This February marks the 120th birthday of Chicago-forged writer Ben Hecht – come celebrate with his first screenplay!

 

Technical Information

Production Year
1927
Country of Production
USA
Language
Silent
Running Time
81 mins

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