Underground

  • PG
  • Anthony Asquith (1928)
  • UK
  • 89 min
Film Review
Reviewed By
4 out of 5

Anthony Asquith, the son of First World War prime minister Herbert Henry Asquith, proved to have the common touch with this intriguing drama, which earned him his first solo credit after co-directing Shooting Stars (1928) with AV Bramble. Asquith reveals his familiarity with prevailing continental approaches to silent cinema in a working-class saga that chronicles the romantic tug-of-war between London Underground attendant Brian Aherne, power station electrician Cyril McLaglen, perky shop girl Elissa Landi and McLaglen's devoted neighbour, Norah Baring. In addition to using Stanley Rodwell's camera to provide intimate subjective perspectives, Asquith also bathes Ian Campbell-Gray's interiors in expressionist lighting and makes evocative use of montage both to convey thought and increase the tension of the climactic chase sequence. Yet it's the director's eye for location detail (whether shooting in confined or open spaces) that most impresses, as the everyday lyricism makes the artier modernism seem less conspicuous. The result is something of a neglected gem.

Cast and crew

Cast

Bill
Brian Aherne
Nell
Elissa Landi
Kate
Norah Baring
Bert
Cyril McLaglen

Crew

Director
Anthony Asquith

Other Information

Language: 
English
Black and White
Theatrical distributor: 
BFI Distribution
Available on DVD and BluRay
Released 11 Jan 2013
Certificate PG
Distributor:
bfi

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