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H. Jackson's rating of the film The Docks of New York

Brilliant. Josef von Sternberg was a master. The excellence of his style can be detected in lesser films such as Blonde Venus, but leaves you awe in The Docks of New York. It succeeds in just about every department - from the steamy, mysterious compositions, through to it's rich comment on working class life and the dangers of taking responsibility lightly. It's all about love and commitment, and it works perfectly.