First Step Ashore (1932) & The Docks of New York (1928)

Friday, April 28, 2017
7:30 pm - 10:15 pm, UCLA Hammer Museum - Billy Wilder Theater

Hollywood and Holy Wood: Silent Cinema Connection Between Los Angeles and Japan

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Advance tickets are available online for $10.

Tickets are also available at the Billy Wilder Theater box office beginning one hour before showtime: $9, general admission; free to all UCLA students with valid ID; $8, other students, seniors and UCLA Alumni Association members with ID.


Film and Television Archive
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First Step Ashore (Japan, 1932) directed by Yasujiro Shimazu. Described by Japanese film journal Kamata at the time of its release as a “splendid imitation” of The Docks of New York, First Step Ashore differs from it in its lighting style which is marked by “diffused and flat high key” lighting that exemplified the approach taken by Shochiku at its Kamata studio at the time of its production.

Followed by The Docks of New York (1928) directed by Josef von Sternberg. Sternberg's penultimate silent feature stars Bancroft as a stoker on a tramp steamer and Compson as the dockside waif he marries. This moody, beautifully photographed psychological study is one of the best American films of the late silent era.

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