Underworld at the National Gallery

Unarguably 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.

Underworld is a gripping film that rightly propelled von Sternberg to fame as one of Hollywood's most exciting talents.

Tickets (at a very reasonable £6) can be purchased here.

The film is showing as part of the National Gallery's exhibition Strange Beauty: Masters of the German Renaissance which 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. The suggestion is that 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.

The other silent films in the season are The Cabinet of Dr Caligari and Faust


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  • Vicki

    ow I said I wanted to come to see barbican but I didn't realise in had prior engagements which unfortunately are not re-arrangable!!

    March 16

    • Amran V.

      No problem Vicki - see you soon

      March 16

  • Vicki

    Hi all

    March 16

  • zena s.

    I am so sorry I didn't make it on time - had no idea the transport was so slow today. Glad to hear everyone enjoyed the film!

    March 15

    • Amran V.

      No problem Zena. I think there were a lot of transport problems. Hopefully see you this afternoon for Come on Over.

      March 16

    • zena s.

      Sadly I can't make it today. I look forward to the next film though!

      March 16

  • Townly C.

    Brilliant moving film, all 3 leads were great and great company to see it with.

    March 16

  • Vicki

    Absolutely amazing film....and the company brilliant!!
    Thank you all so much for your hospitality

    1 · March 15

    • Amran V.

      I'm really glad you enjoyed it Vicki. It was a good choice for your first silent film.

      March 16

  • Olivia H.

    Great movie and wonderful to have new members with us!

    1 · March 16

  • Vicki

    I am here literally just buying my ticket

    March 15

  • Vicki

    Do I need to purchase my ticket n advance or can I buy it when we are there?

    March 15

    • Amran V.

      Hi Vicki. They have stopped selling advance tickets online. Tickets will be available for sale outside the Sainsbury Wing Theatre before the event (cash only). Look for us in the queue to get into the auditorium. We will meet outside the auditorium afterwards as well. I will carry a Meetup sign. See you later.

      March 15

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