Date and time
Saturday 15 March, 2.30pm
(Josef von Sternberg, 1927) silent with music score, B&W, 81mins, cert PG
Online sales for this event are closed. Tickets will be available for sale outside the Sainsbury Wing Theatre before the event (cash only)
Widely considered to be 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' McCoy (Evelyn Brent), gets him into hot water with a rival hood and, ultimately, the authorities. With its supple, endlessly expressive camera work, 'Underworld' solidified von Sternberg's place as one of Hollywood's most exciting talents.
Strange Beauty Mini Season
The exhibition Strange Beauty: Masters of the German Renaissance highlights the ways in which paintings, drawings and prints by German artists were valued in the 16th century for the qualities of expression and inventiveness. As this season shows, such qualities were perhaps inherent in German culture, as centuries later they were characteristic of 1920s German cinema, which had a huge influence on Hollywood and film noir.
Enjoy a new programme of films at the National Gallery.
Image above: Detail of still from 'Underworld' © BFI