“Docks of New York” directed by Josef von Sternberg, is another great silent movie which strikes by its images, symbols and expressiveness.
The story is placed in a depraved region of New York, where everything reminds of a hopeless society lacking morality and human values. In this environment overflowed with vices and addictions, misery and poverty, a love is striving to survive, to unite and save two souls from a meaningless life, from being swallowed into society’ s madness.
Will love overcome the strong current of reality which these two people were facing? Maybe yes, maybe no…but they can have a chance…and a faint hope is emerging toward the end.