3 Silent Classics by Josef Von Sternberg

3 Silent Classics by Josef Von Sternberg

DVD - 2010
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"Vienna-born, New York–raised Josef von Sternberg (Shanghai Express, Morocco) directed some of the most influential, extraordinarily stylish dramas ever to come out of Hollywood. Though best known for his star-making collaborations with Marlene Dietrich, Sternberg began his movie 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 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) made into shadowy movie spectacle. Criterion is proud to present these long unavailable classics of American cinema, each with two musical scores."

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An urban crime boss' devotion to his girlfriend gets him and his business in trouble; an exiled Russian military officer turned Hollywood actor has a breakdown when he is hired to re-enact the revolution which deposed him; a stoker falls for a dance hall girl while on shore leave.


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Sep 12, 2011

Wow! We just watched the magnificent classic The Last Command from this superb collection of three silent films by the director Josef von Sternberg. Best known for his six movies with Marlene Dietrich, von Sternberg shows that he already was a master film-maker with a unique style. The film stars the great actor Emil Jannings (later to appear in von Sternberg's The Blue Angel) as a former top general in the czar's army during the Russian Revolution, who has been broken and reduced to taking low-paying jobs as an extra in Hollywood movies. Jannings won the first Academy Award for best actor for this movie, and richly deserved it. His performance is commanding, mesmerizing and ultimately shattering. The film has many brilliant close-ups, rousing crowd scenes and in its last scene takes you onto a Hollywood sound stage, with wonderful William Powell as the director. Don't be put off because this is a silent film--just give yourself up to the stunning visuals and intense emotions. You won't regret it.

Mar 17, 2011

Extraordinary view of how movies were, you just read the body language incredible!


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