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Director  G. W. Pabst
Running time  2h 35m
Genre  Drama
Country  Weimar Republic
7.2/10 IMDb

Cinematography  Guido Seeber
Language  German
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Writer  Hugo Bettauer, Willy Haas
Release date  18 May 1925 (1925-05-18))
Cast  Werner Krauss (Josef Geiringer), Jaro Fürth (Hofrat Rumfort), Greta Garbo (Grete Rumfort), Asta Nielsen (Maria Lechner (Mizzi)), Agnes Esterhazy (Regine), Karl Etlinger (Generaldirektor Rosenow)
Similar movies  7 Virgins, Bringing Out the Dead, It's Winter, Los Olvidados, Once Were Warriors, Delicatessen

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Joyless Street (German: Die freudlose Gasse, 1925, exhibited in the U.S. as The Street of Sorrow, in Britain as The Joyless Street), a film based on the novel by Hugo Bettauer and directed by Georg Wilhelm Pabst in Germany, is one of the first films of the "New Objectivity“ movement. Greta Garbo stars in her second major role. The film is often described as a morality story in which the 'fallen woman' suffers for her sins, while the more virtuous is rewarded.


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The film's sets were designed by the art directors Otto Erdmann and Hans Sohnle.

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In 1921 in a street called Melchiorgasse in the poor part of Vienna, Austria, there are only two wealthy people: the butcher Josef Geiringer and Mrs. Greifer, who runs a fashion boutique and a nightclub, patronized by wealthy Viennese. Annexed to the nightclub is Merkl Hotel, a brothel to which the women of the nightclub bring their clients. The film follows the lives of two women from the same poor neighborhood, as they try to better themselves during the period of Austrian postwar hyperinflation. They are Marie, who becomes a prostitute, and Grete, who at the last moment, is saved from that fate.

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Marie, in love with a young banker assistant, Egon Stirner, believes him to be unfaithful, and falsely accuses him of murder, all the while knowing the true identity of the murderer, from having witnessed it herself.

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At the finale Else, a wife and mother, who has previously provided sexual favors to the butcher for meat, kills the butcher because he refuses her any more meat. The poor of the neighborhood, hearing the sounds of the nightclub, revolt against the clients by throwing stones. The nightclub burns down killing Else and her husband in the attic, but not before allowing them to ease their infant safely down from the window to the waiting poor. Only Grete seems to have any hope of leaving Melchiorgasse and this because of her relationship with an American Red Cross officer.


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Rotten Tomatoes reports per July 2010 that 83% of six sampled critics gave the film positive reviews and that it got a rating average of 8 out of 10.

Versions of the film

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Shortly after its release, different versions of the film circulated because of censorship cuts. The Filmmuseum in Munich restored the film in 1999 to its original length. A digital version of this new film, 151 minutes in length, was then produced by Austrian Filmarchiv, from which it is available. A region 2 DVD version with documentary extras is available.

Full cast

  • Asta Nielsen as Maria Lechner
  • Greta Garbo as Greta Rumfort
  • Agnes Esterhazy as Regina Rosenow
  • Werner Krauss as Metzger von Melchiorstrasse
  • Henry Stuart as Egon Stirner
  • Einar Hanson as Lt. Davis
  • Gregori Chmara as Kellner
  • Karl Etlinger as Max Rosenow
  • Ilka Grüning as Frau Rosenow
  • Jaro Fürth as Councilor Rumfort
  • Renate Brausewetter as Frau (uncredited)
  • Mario Cusmich as Colonel Irving (uncredited)
  • Maria Forescu as Frau (uncredited)
  • Robert Garrison as Don Alfonso Canez (uncredited)
  • Valeska Gert as Frau Greifer (uncredited)
  • Tamara Geva as Lia Leid (uncredited)
  • Max Kohlhase as Maria's father (uncredited)
  • Krafft-Raschig as American soldier (uncredited)
  • Lya Mara as Frau (uncredited)
  • Edna Markstein as Frau Merkel (uncredited)
  • Alexander Murski as Dr. Leid (uncredited)
  • Loni Nest as Rosa Rumfort (uncredited)
  • Iván Petrovich as Man (uncredited)
  • Raskatoff as Trebitsch (uncredited)
  • Otto Reinwald as Man (uncredited)
  • Gräfin Tolstoi as Fräulein Henriette
  • Sylvia Torf as Maria's mother (uncredited)
  • Hertha von Walther as Else (uncredited)
  • References

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