The Joyless Street (1925)

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This film is an unvarnished study of post-WWI Vienna. Plagued with skyrocketing inflation, the Austrian metropolis becomes the domain of every scurrilous form of profiteering. The central character is a crooked butcher whose negative influence dominates the lives of virtually everyone on a single Viennese street.

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Cast

Greta Garbo
as Greta Rumfort
Asta Nielsen
as Maria Lechner
Valeska Gert
as Mrs. Greifer
Jaro Fürth
as Rumfort
Einar Hansen
as Lt. Davy
Loni Nest
as Rosa Rumfort
Max Kohlhase
as Maria's Father
Silvia Torf
as Maria's Mother
Alexander Mursky
as Dr. Leid, a lawyer
Rob Garrison
as Don Alfonso Cafiez
Karl Etlinger
as Mr. Rosenow [or Loming]
Ilka Gruning
as Mrs. Rosenow
Sylvia Torf
as Maria's Mother
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Critic Reviews for The Joyless Street

All Critics (8) | Top Critics (3)

The picture has minor virtues and major defects.

Nov 12, 2007 | Full Review…
Variety
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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.

Jun 24, 2006 | Full Review…
Time Out
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Despite Garbo, it's heavy going -- an official classic that hasn't quite earned the title.

Jan 1, 2000 | Full Review…

about the consequences of desperate poverty and decadent wealth

Jul 21, 2006 | Rating: 3/5

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.

May 24, 2003 | Full Review…

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