The Docks of New York
Featuring spectacular footage of the Hudson River, shot by the great Harold Rosson, Sternberg created this masterpiece out of the seedy underside of the great metropolis. Sternberg then spends most of the film inside and around a dingy saloon, moving from the docks into the shadows that plague the tenebrous interiors.
Considerably darker than many of the other key works of late silent cinema, the film approaches human nature and desire as something that, as a mere fact of life, cannot be trusted.
With George Bancroft and Betty Compson. Scripted by Jules Furthman. 35mm preservation print courtesy of the UCLA Film and Television Archive.