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Josef von Sternberg United States, 1927

Log Lady's rating of the film Underworld

Lacking in the story department (not keen on crime films that revolve around a love story), but the editing (especially in the party scene), the magnetic demeanor of Brook, and the stylish overall execution make up for it. Despite being the first gangster film, the basic elements are already there in their most recognisable forms. Von Sternberg's vision doesn't lose at all to the later more famous ones.