First Step Ashore and The Docks of New York
April 28 @ 7:30 PM - 10:30 PM$10
UCLA Film & Television Archive presents “Hollywood and Holy Wood: Silent Cinema Connection Between Los Angeles and Japan.”
First Step Ashore (Japan, 1932)
Directed by Yasujiro Shimazu
Described by Japanese film journal Kanata at the time of its release as a “splendid imitation” of The Docks of New York, First Step Ashore differs from it in its lighting style which is marked by “diffused and flat high key” lighting that exemplified the approach taken by Shochiku at its Kamata studio at the time of its production.
Director: Yasujiro Shimazu. Screenwriter: Komatsu Kitamura. Cast: Yaeko Mizutani, Joji Oka, Ureo Egawa.
35mm, b&w, in Japanese with English subtitles, 88 min.
The Docks of New York (1928)
Directed by Josef von Sternberg
Sternberg’s penultimate silent feature stars Bancroft as a stoker on a tramp steamer and Compson as the dockside waif he marries. This moody, beautifully photographed psychological study is one of the best American films of the late silent era.
Live musical accompaniment by Cliff Retallick
Director: Josef von Sternberg. Screenwriter: Jules Furthman. Cast: George Bancroft, Betty Compson, Olga Baclanova.
35mm, b&w, silent, 76 min.
FREE admission for all UCLA students with valid I.D.