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First Step Ashore and The Docks of New York

April 28, 2017 @ 7:30 PM - 10:30 PM


UCLA Film & Television Archive presents “Hollywood and Holy Wood: Silent Cinema Connection Between Los Angeles and Japan.”

First Step Ashore (Japan, 1932)
Joriku dai-ippo
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.

Followed by:

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.



April 28, 2017
7:30 PM - 10:30 PM
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Billy Wilder Theater
10899 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90024 United States