(Josef von Sternberg, 1927) The young Sternberg's break-through came when Paramount took a chance on him and assigned him a minor thriller. It turned out a winner, distinguished by concise direction and a flair for lighting that revealed a precocious master. Underworld's baroque take on organized crime spearheaded Hollywood's cycle of classic gangster flicks.
Thu., March 5, 1:30 p.m.; Sat., March 14, 6:30 p.m., 2009

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