Josef von Sternberg

Underworld

Underworld

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. Further complicating matters is the attraction that blossoms between Feathers and an alcoholic former lawyer (Clive Brook). 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.

Film Info

Special Features

  • New, restored high-definition digital transfer
  • Two scores, one by Robert Israel and another by Alloy Orchestra
  • New visual essay by UCLA film professor Janet Bergstrom

Available In

Collector's Set

3 Silent Classics by Josef von Sternberg

3 Silent Classics by Josef von Sternberg

DVD Box Set

3 Discs

Ships Jun 16, 2018

$63.96

Out Of Print

Special Features

  • New, restored high-definition digital transfer
  • Two scores, one by Robert Israel and another by Alloy Orchestra
  • New visual essay by UCLA film professor Janet Bergstrom

Underworld
Cast
George Bancroft
Bull Weed
Evelyn Brent
Feathers
Clive Brook
Rolls Royce
Fred Kohler
Buck Mulligan
Helen Lynch
His Girl
Larry Semon
Slippy Lewis
Jerry Mandy
Paloma
Credits
Director
Josef von Sternberg
Photographed by
Bert Glennon
Editing
E. Lloyd Sheldon
Story by
Ben Hecht
Adaptation by
Charles Furthman
Screenplay
Robert N. Lee

From The Current

Underworld: Dreamland

In a photograph of Josef von Sternberg from 1937, he looks like a character from one of his own films: a turbaned magus with elegantly trimmed beard and mustache, holding a cigarette as he gazes out obliquely, with the hint of an ironic expression…

By Geoffrey O’Brien


Aug 24, 2010
Mit Out Sound, Mit Out Solution

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 a now-lost Josef von Sternberg film called The Se

By Guy Maddin


Aug 13, 2010
Visit to the George Eastman House

Last Friday, Fumiko, Issa, and I went up to Rochester, New York, to the Eastman House. We have been talking to them about accessing their archive on a more regular basis, starting with the three von Sternberg films that are coming up. It’s really a…

Inside Criterion / Tech Corner — Dec 16, 2009