The Docks of New York The Docks of New York
  • United States
  • 1928
  • 75 minutes
  • Black and White
  • 1.33:1
  • English
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  • Spine #531

Roughneck stoker Bill Roberts (George Bancroft) gets into all sorts of trouble during a brief shore leave when he falls hard for Mae (Betty Compson), a wise and weary dance-hall girl, in Josef von Sternberg’s evocative portrait of lower-class waterfront folk. Fog-enshrouded cinematography by Harold Rosson (The Wizard of Oz), expressionist set design by Hans Dreier (Sunset Boulevard), and sensual performances by Bancroft and Compson make this one of the legendary director’s finest works, and one of the most exquisitely crafted films of its era.

Cast

The Stoker George Bancroft
His PalClyde Cook
A GirlBetty Compson
The Third EngineerMitchell Lewis
His WifeOlga Baclanova
Hymn-book HarryGustav von Seyffertitz

Credits

Disc Features

  • New, restored high-definition digital transfer
  • Two scores, one by Robert Israel and another by Donald Sosin and Joanna Seaton
  • Swedish television interview from 1968 with director Josef von Sternberg

Film Essays

The Docks of New York: On the Waterfront

By Luc Sante August 24, 2010

The Docks of New York is one of those orphaned silents, released in 1928, the very end of the era. Apparently, it was previewed the same week as Al Jolson’s The Singing Fool, his first “ . . . Read more »

Press Notes

Press Notes: 2010—One Last Look

January 03, 2011

Before we put 2010 to bed, we thought we’d catch up with all the year-end lists that have sprung up over the past week or so. A good place to start is DVD Beaver’s annual poll, which ranks the . . . Read more »


Press Notes

Press Notes: Looking Back at 2010

December 22, 2010

Sight & Sound’s annual poll of the year’s best DVD (and Blu-ray) releases is out, and this edition features choices from twenty-four “contributors, DVD distributors, and curators.” We’re . . . Read more »


Film Essays

The Docks of New York: On the Waterfront

By Luc Sante August 24, 2010

The Docks of New York is one of those orphaned silents, released in 1928, the very end of the era. Apparently, it was previewed the same week as Al Jolson’s The Singing Fool, his first “ . . . Read more »


Press Notes

Press Notes: 3 Silent Classics by Josef von Sternberg

August 23, 2010

The exceptional early Hollywood movies in the new DVD collector’s set 3 Silent Classics by Josef von Sternberg have been unavailable for so long that their reemergence is being treated by . . . Read more »


Features

Mit Out Sound, Mit Out Solution

By Guy Maddin August 13, 2010

When John Grierson, the Scotsman whose absolute devotion to realism on film—he coined the word documentary and created the National Film Board of Canada—was asked how he’d enjoyed a screening of . . . Read more »