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3 Silent Classics by Josef von Sternberg

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Genres: Drama
Starring: George Bancroft, Clive Brook, Evelyn Brent
Director: Josef von Sternberg
Plot Synopsis:

Vienna-born, New York–raised Josef von Sternberg directed some of the most influential and stylish dramas ever to come out of Hollywood. Though best known for his later star-making collaborations with actor Marlene Dietrich, von Sternberg began his career during the final years of the silent era, dazzling audiences and critics with his films’ dark visions and innovative cinematography. The titles in this collection, made on the cusp of the sound age, are three of von Sternberg’s greatest works, gritty evocations of gangster life (Underworld), the Russian Revolution (The Last Command), and working-class desperation (The Docks of New York) rendered as shadowy movie spectacle.

  • Release Details
    Release Date: October 8th, 2019
    Movie Release Year: 1927
    Release Country: United States
    Movie Studio: Criterion
  • Technical Specs
    Specs:Blu-ray, 3-Discs
    Video Resolution/Codec:1080p/AVC MPEG-4
    Aspect Ratio(s):1.33:1
    Audio Formats:Six scores: by Robert Israel for all three films, Alloy Orchestra for Underworld and The Last Command, and Donald Sosin and Joanna Seaton for The Docks of New York
    Special Features:Two video essays from 2010, one by UCLA film professor Janet Bergstrom and the other by film scholar Tag GallagherSwedish television interview from 1968 with director Josef von SternbergPLUS: A booklet featuring essays by critic Geoffrey O’Brien, scholar Anton Kaes, and author and critic Luc Sante; notes on the scores by the composers; Ben Hecht’s original treatment for Underworld; and an excerpt from von Sternberg’s 1965 autobiography, Fun in a Chinese Laundry, on actor Emil Jannings