United Kingdom | 1928 | 93 mins | Unrated

Underground is a 1928 British silent drama film directed by Anthony Asquith and starring Brian Aherne, Elissa Landi, Cyril McLaglen, and Norah Baring. The film examines the lives of ordinary Londoners and the romance between them, set on and around the London Underground.

Director: Anthony Asquith
Cast: Elissa Landi; Brian Aherne; Cyril McLaglen


Established as Silent Sundays by founding programmer Eric Veillette in 2009, Silent Revue is Toronto’s only year-round film series dedicated to silent cinema. Monthly screenings (more…)


Passion and jealousy run deep through the tunnels of London’s Tube in director Anthony Asquith’s UNDERGROUND—a stylish and suspenseful love triangle set amidst the hustle of bustle of late ‘20s London. With lighting and camera work borrowed from the best of German Expressionism, Asquith’s masterwork is one of the United Kingdom’s most accomplished silent works.

A porter for the London Underground (Brian Aherne), falls for elusive shopgirl (Elissa Landi) only to battle for her affections against a brooding electrician (Cyril McLaglen)—add a yearning seamstress (Norah Baring) in love with one of the men to the mix and Asquith paints a tangled web of romantic complication with dire consequences. Asquith’s pacing is lightning fast, with London as the film’s lead character—boisterous, modern, and ever evolving in its radical changes to societal stratifications. It’s a city where not even your sandwiches are safe from thieving street urchins. Where baronesses ride the same subterranean trains as the wives of fishmongers. And where impossible romantic dreams lead to treachery and tragedy. Rarely did a British silent look this sleek—a must-see underground film of the silent era. Screening as part of Silent Revue’s season-long celebration of Planes, Trains and Automobiles! – ALICIA FLETCHER

Digital Restoration conducted by the BFI and courtesy of Kino Lorber

Live accompaniment by Tania Gill

Silent Revue is curated by Alicia Fletcher

Silent Revue is sponsored by Hollywood Suite

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