The Joyless Street (1925)
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as Greta Rumfort
as Maria Lechner
as Mrs. Greifer
as Rosa Rumfort
as Don Alfonso Cafiez
as Mrs. Rosenow
as Mr. Rosenow [or Loming]
as Dr. Leid, a lawyer
as Maria's Mother
as Hofrat Rumfort
as Lt. Davy
as Maria's Father
as Regina Rosenow
as Lia Leid
as Maria's Mother
Critic Reviews for The Joyless Street
It later came as a major revelation, both when compared with Pabst's later work and in the context of the development of a film narrative able to accommodate a large number of characters.
Despite Garbo, it's heavy going -- an official classic that hasn't quite earned the title.
about the consequences of desperate poverty and decadent wealth
As the film cuts between scenes of wretched poverty and luxurious excess, Pabst's imagery and Garbo's magnetic presence more than make up for a rather weak drama.
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Audience Reviews for The Joyless Street
Why this was packaged in the Cult Classics collection by Mill Creek Entertainment, I do not know, but I'm glad they did because this silent film is quite a treasure to stumble upon, even though it's the very short hour long version. I found it to be a beautiful and compelling silent film with an interesting story and characters as they struggle with life in post-World War I Vienna. While I wish a longer version was more widely available, it should say something about a film's quality when even in its shortest form, it's still a damn good film. If you enjoy a good silent film, you should pick up Joyless Street because it is a lost treasure waiting to be rediscovered.
*** (out of four) A beautifully filmed and tragic silent film that marked the screen debut of one of history's greatest stars...Great Garbo. She is less glamourous than we're used to, but she has an undeniable screen presence. It's hard to keep your eyes off her. She is the film's main attraction. Garbo and Asta Nielsen play two young women who come from respectable, but very poor familes. In order to survive and to help themselves eat, the two young women sell themselves into prostitution. Dismal and depressing, it is also quite memorable.
garbo is one of many stars in this international drama of squalor in post-world war i berlin. garbo's role is grete rumfort, a young woman faced with the prospect of becoming a prostitute in order to survive.
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