The Docks of New York
The Docks of New York (1928)

The smokily erotic ambience of Josef Von Sternberg's silent Docks of New York is best appreciated on a big theatrical screen--but only if the available print is at the very least second-generation. George Bancroft plays a two-fisted… More

Rated: Unrated
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: September 28, 1928
DVD Release Date: August 24, 2010
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

Sternberg suppresses direct emotional appeal to concentrate on something infinitely fine: a series of minute, discrete moral discoveries and philosophical realignments among his characters.

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Variety Staff

It's a corking program picture, thanks to George Bancroft, a good story and Julian Johnson's titles.

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Sean Axmaker
Parallax View

... a turn-of-the-century bowery answer to Sunrise, with a romantic idealism fighting its way out of hard-scrabble lives and resigned characters of the waterfront culture.

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Nick Pinkerton
Village Voice

In a way lost to contemporary social-work movies, von Sternberg's unsentimental poetic realism ennobles his lower-class protagonists through beauty. Classic.

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Adrian Turner
Radio Times

The film's romantic fatalism is compelling, and von Sternberg creates some stunning imagery out of his lowlife settings.

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James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk

visually evocative and narratively intriguing, such that even its generally terrible ending can't quite undermine the overall sense that you have just seen something profoundly of its time and ahead of it

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Glenn Collins
New York Times

It fulfills their requirements, somewhat obscure to this reviewer, of rhythm, plasticity and unity. In simpler and more popular terms, it seems to be exceptionally good motion picture entertainment.

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Fernando F. Croce

Josef von Sternberg enjoys a challenge, so he pulls into Borzage's waterfront to suppress and heighten emotionalism with sang-froid deadpans.

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Leo Goldsmith
Not Coming to a Theater Near You

Von Sternberg is a director of situations, not of suspense -- it is his mastery of the subtle eye-line interplay of silent cinema, his command of mise-en-scene and mood, that makes the love between these characters credible.

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Jim Hunter
A ship worker falls for a suicidal woman. Much of George Bancroft's performance as Bill Roberts is spent strutting and posing with a masculine air that… More
Walter M.
In "The Docks of New York," Bill Roberts(George Bancroft) is a stoker on board of a steamboat that is about to dock for a night in New York. As such,… More