Josef von Sternbergâs riveting breakthrough is widely considered the film that launched the American gangster genre as we know it. George Bancroft plays heavy Bull Weed, a criminal kingpin whose jealous devotion to his moll, Feathers (Evelyn Brent), gets him into hot water with a rival hood and, ultimately, the authorities. Further complicating matters is the attraction that blossoms between Feathers and an alcoholic former lawyer (Clive Brook). With its supple, endlessly expressive camera work and tightly wound screenplay based on a story by legendary scribe Ben Hecht (who won an Oscar for it the first year the awards were given), Underworld
solidified von Sternbergâs place as one of Hollywoodâs most exciting new talents.
- Two scores, one by Robert Israel and another by Alloy Orchestra
- New visual essay by UCLA film professor Janet Bergstrom