A woman's chance encounter with two men on the tube leads to a tale of romance and violence in this classic thriller. The film is set in the London Underground, where crowds jostle awkwardly and dark shadows loom behind closed-door spaces, and also takes in London's pleasant parks and raucous parks.
It ends with a hair-raising foot chase, starting in the now disused Lots Road power station (which formerly powered the London Underground), then moving across rooftops before descending again into London's subterranean world for a menacing finale in an underground lift.
"Anthony Asquith's Underground (1928) is part expressionist-influenced thriller, part time capsule: a riveting film from one of the silent era's most ambitious British directors, and an intriguing portrait of 1920s London. The underground in Underground is more than a metaphor for the repressed passions of four "ordinary workaday people", it is integral to the plot, and its shadowy locations set the film's tone." Silent film critic Pamela Hutchinson in The Guardian. Read her full article for the film here.
The film stars Brian Aherne, Elissa Landi, Cyril McLaglen and Norah Baring and is directed by Anthony Asquith.
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The classic British silent film Underground will be accompanied by acclaimed organist Donald MacKenzie. Donald will be improvising an original score on the restored church organ. He is returning to St John's Notting Hill after playing at nine previous shows.
Popcorn and a bar will be available on the night and the church will be candlelit. Don't miss this special event!
Doors open at 7.00pm for an 8.00pm film start.
Film running time: 93 minutes
Age rating: PG
Seating is unreserved - good sight lines are available throughout the church. Despite being heated the church may be cold in the evening so please wear warm clothing.