3 Silent Classics by Josef von Sternberg on TCM

I wrote a lengthy piece on the amazing Criterion set 3 Silent Classics by Josef von Sternberg for this blog a few weeks back. An alternate review is now on the Turner Classic Movies website.

Josef von Sternberg’s reputation as one of the great auteurs of classic cinema is generally focused on (but certainly not limited to) the seven magnificent melodramas he made with star Marlene Dietrich, from The Blue Angel (1930) to The Devil is a Woman (1935). This handsome three-disc collection is a reminder that Sternberg was also one of the great directors of the late silent era, a period almost unequalled in Hollywood for its consistently high level of craft and technique. Sternberg, who worked in almost every aspect of the filmmaking process before making his directorial debut in 1925 with The Salvation Hunters, was by 1927 a master of the medium and the three films in the set–Underworld (1927), The Last Command and The Docks of New York (both 1928)–show that he was as strong a storyteller as he was a creator of magnificent images in motion.

Read the complete feature here.

Author: seanax

I write the weekly newspaper column Stream On Demand and the companion website (www.streamondemandathome.com). I'm a contributing writer for Turner Classic Movies Online, Keyframe, Independent Lens, and Cinephiled, and the editor of Parallax View (www.parallax-view.org).. I've written for The Seattle Post-Intelligencer, The Seattle Weekly, GreenCine.com, Senses of Cinema, Asian Cult Cinema, and Psychotronic Video, among other publications, and I am a contributing editor to Parallax View. I currently live and work in Seattle, Washington, with my two cats, Hammet and Chandler.

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