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Ratings & Reviews

  1. Bilouaustria's rating of the film Underworld

    I did not know that Josef von Sternberg was that good that early in his career. I had this idea (and i was obviously mistaken) that he owned a lot to Dietrich. Maybe it was actually the other way around. This "Underworld" is way better than any other silent gangster film (W.Wellman included). The rythm, the acting, great editing and great sens of detail. Instant classic and top-ranked untertainment.

  2. Matt Reddick's rating of the film Underworld

    Can't decide on which is a more poetically vulgar sequence - sticking a finger into a milk bottle to feed a kitten, or a motorcycle cop shooting driveby-style.

  3. Duncan Gray's rating of the film Underworld

    "The first American gangster film", the legends say, and whether that's true or not, when it comes to Sternberg you should reverently take legend over fact. This is a sign of how his visual flair and psychodrama could shock relatively straightforward genre material to life, with a moralistic cross-cutting finale that's like Griffith if Griffith had had a wilder sex life. Silent fans, see it.

  4. FISCHER's rating of the film Underworld

    Epoustouflant chef-d'oeuvre dramatique, souvent considéré par certains exégètes, comme l'embryon du "film noir américain" qui obtint un conséquent succès public, malgré les craintes de la Paramount, pariant sur un échec commercial (au point que Ben Hecht, à l'origine de l'histoire, avait demandé que son nom soit retiré du générique) magnifié par une sidérante interprétation de George Bancroft.

  5. Aardsy's rating of the film Underworld

    I expected to see sexy vampires!

  6. Ethan's rating of the film Underworld

    This film set the tone for all gangster movies that came after it, the perfect blend of sex, violence, and betrayal.

  7. Amin Lumière's rating of the film Underworld

    The arrival of Gangster flicks and the grandfather of Noir.

  8. le Gars's rating of the film Underworld

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  10. grotesc's rating of the film Underworld

  11. Illusion Travels By Streetcar's rating of the film Underworld

    "Here, Hollywood, here's what I can do on my own. Now don't you want to hire me?"

  12. CarlosEsquives's rating of the film Underworld

    Así que aquí estaba la gran inspiración de Hawks. Un clásico de Von Sternberg y también del gangster movie, esto a pesar de ser uno de los primeros en el género. No hay duda que lo mejor del filme es George Bancroft. Personaje duro pero que al final resulta ser impredecible. "La ley del Hampa" es una película sobre la redención. Es también la fidelidad ante su beneficiario y al amante. Hay suspenso y creatividad.

  13. Stian Gledje Bekkvik's rating of the film Underworld

    An otherworldly bastard ancestor in the story of film. A rawly burlesque and immodest fist to my face. Every scene saturated with a trashy fragrance, a cathartic stench of lavish havoc... UH, the burning ancient energy!!

  14. The Macho King's rating of the film Underworld

    Great silent from Von Sternberg,and career defining performance by George Bancroft.A vary influential film,that deserves to be revered more then what it is.

  15. Log Lady's rating of the film Underworld

    Lacking in the story department (not keen on crime films that revolve around a love story), but the editing (especially in the party scene), the magnetic demeanor of Brook, and the stylish overall execution make up for it. Despite being the first gangster film, the basic elements are already there in their most recognisable forms. Von Sternberg's vision doesn't lose at all to the later more famous ones.

  16. José Neves's rating of the film Underworld

    Cinematography by Bert Glennon.

  17. Lightintodark's rating of the film Underworld

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  19. AKFilmFan's rating of the film Underworld

    The genesis of the gangster film, this silent by Sternberg has not only a good story and performance by Bancroft but excellent direction.

  20. Dave's rating of the film Underworld

    Not von Sternberg's best, but still a very good film, solidifying many of the familiar archetypes and storylines of gangster movies for years to come. While the story may not be as compelling as some of von Sternberg's best, the artistry is still evident for all to see - just watch the sequence when a drunken Bull Weed stumbles to the aid of his girlfriend. It just _looks_ like a von Sternberg sequence.

  21. Black Irish's rating of the film Underworld

    I sense I'll see few faces as cinematic as Bancroft's in all it's grotesque humanity.

  22. chanandre's rating of the film Underworld

    [Cinémathèque PT #493: 35 mm] (2007)