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This review is from: Three Silent Classics by Josef Von Sternberg (Underworld / Last Command / Docks of New York) (The Criterion Collection) (DVD)
This marvelous set is a mini-film course that illustrates just how advanced the art of silent film had become by 1927-28 when sound began to take over. The art of cinematography is captured in all three films, especially so in THE DOCKS OF NEW YORK. The scores (there are two for each film) are very effective and give the viewer a taste of how moviegoers originally experienced these films in larger cities such as NY. The extras are outstanding in giving one an insight to the director's method of working. Josef Von Sternberg was first and foremost a visual artist, a master of lighting and composition. The enclosed booklet adds greatly to the viewing experience. When you watch Emil Jannings Oscar winning performance in THE LAST COMMAND you will see one of the great examples of visual acting that remains powerful to this day. The performances of George Bancroft and Betty Compson in THE DOCKS OF NEW YORK are a tribute to what could be done without the spoken word. UNDERWORLD; THE LAST COMMAND and THE DOCKS OF NEW YORK are three films that along with F.W. Murnau's SUNRISE (1927) are prime examples of what the silent cinema was capable of doing. Well worth purchasing.