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The Joyless Street

Die freudlose Gasse

Directed by G.W. Pabst
Germany, 1925
Drama, Silent


Plagued with rising 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.
(Also known as The Street of Sorrow.)

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The Joyless Street Directed by G.W. Pabst

Critics reviews

I was very impressed by the film… There are many characters who come and go in complicated scenes. I was also struck by the use of wide-angle lenses and depth staging (as above). Pabst has definitely gone up a notch in my estimation as a result of this release.
November 29, 2012
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