Detroit Film Theatre
Saturday, October 25, 2008
7:30 PM Detroit Film Theatre
(USA/1927) Directed by Josef von Sternberg
On Saturday, the Alloy will perform with another rare von Sternberg film, the 1927 Underworld. Widely cited as the very first true gangster film – as well as a model for the entire gangster genre which followed – Underworld was von Sternberg’s first professional film, launching in stylish fashion one of the great directorial careers in all cinema. Ben Hecht (The Front Page) won the first ever Academy Award for Best Screenplay for his work on Underworld (though that Oscar category was called "Best Writing" then), and its structure and well-crafted characters are echoed in genre films to this day. The Alloy Orchestra brings a special snap and energy to this gritty, hard-boiled tale of mob ruthlessness. (80 min.)
Special prices apply.