I was surprised how much I ended up liking this, considering how linear and pedestrian the story and direction seemed at first. The incredibly charismatic and natural Rockliffe Fellowes along with the beautiful and likewise natural Nilsson of course helped, but I think the on location shooting and real East Side dwellers create a very genuine world without being sappy.
Great dramatic value and authentic portrayal of the early 20th century urban underworld with a typically tragic oscillation between crime and normality, as the reformed Owen falls prey to old loyalties. Important is also the portrayal of female autonomy in a male-dominated universe. There are some marvellous set-pieces such as the riverboat on fire or Skinny's fatal chase. Strongly recommended.
Narratives stretched over time, characters ripped apart and a little cross-cutting; it sure feels like a movie made by Griffith's understudy. But Raoul Walsh's film feels like a patchwork compared to his master; each scene barely has any impact on the next one, stuff just happens without building up.
Filme interessante pela ambientação altamente realista ao retratar uma biografia ficcional de um gângster. A história é um tanto fraca, com muitos tropos que eventualmente se tornariam clichês no cinema, mas tem um final excelente. É de boa qualidade e grande valor histórico (além do citado, é um dos primeiros longa-metragens de gângsters e o primeiro filme de Raoul Walsh, que se tornaria influente neste tema).
A surprisingly emotional early film about love and redemption. Solid acting. The mid section can be a bit of a drag at times perhaps, but otherwise the whole is quite engaging. Impressive cinematography, some scenes are amazing - especially considering when the film was made.
Hard to judge without considering that this one came one century before us. With that in mind, it's kinda interesting to watch a redemption storyline being told so long ago.
I've read that "Regeneration" was the first movie using the shot/countershot filming and that sort of curiosity was what brought me here in the first place.