The Docks of New York

The Docks of New York ★★★★

Wellesian depth of field, a movie that's so immaculately *crafted* that it wouldn't even have to be about anything. And the narrative content is pretty stunning too; lower-depths naturalism in a social stratum where bourgeois proprieties are just irrelevant background noise, something the characters are too broken-down (or just too POOR) even to aspire to.

I won't say I cried, exactly... but my eyes were sweaty as hell during that long goodbye-scene when George Bancroft is ready to ship out again.

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