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Die freudlose Gasse (1925)

Vienna in the biggest depression, directly after WW1. In a slum, Lila Leid, the wife of lawyer Leid is murdered, Egon, secretary of one of Leid's clients is arrested. He was with her, and ... See full summary »

Director:

Georg Wilhelm Pabst (as G.W. Pabst)

Writers:

Hugo Bettauer (based on the novel by), F.H. Lyon (translator)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Asta Nielsen ... Maria Lechner
Greta Garbo ... Greta Rumfort
Ágnes Eszterházy ... Regina Rosenow (as Agnes Esterhazy)
Werner Krauss ... Metzger von Melchiorstrasse
Henry Stuart Henry Stuart ... Egon Stirner
Einar Hanson ... Lt. Davis
Gregori Chmara ... Kellner
Karl Etlinger Karl Etlinger ... Max Rosenow
Ilka Grüning ... Frau Rosenow
Jaro Fürth Jaro Fürth ... Hofrat Rumfort
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Dorothea Thiele Dorothea Thiele ... Lia Leid
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Storyline

Vienna in the biggest depression, directly after WW1. In a slum, Lila Leid, the wife of lawyer Leid is murdered, Egon, secretary of one of Leid's clients is arrested. He was with her, and had her necklace, because he needed some money for his own stock exchange deals. The same deal brings poverty to ex-government official Rumfort, his daughter Greta, who also has lost her job, tries to get some money to get food. She rents a room of the flat she, her young sister and her father are living in to an American Red Cross official, who pays $60 rent, but the money is taken by some of her father's creditors. But their neighbour, shop owner Mrs Greifer knows how to "help", she and Mrs. Merkel are running a nightclub with a brothel... Written by Stephan Eichenberg <eichenbe@fak-cbg.tu-muenchen.de>

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Country:

Germany

Language:

German

Release Date:

22 March 1926 (Denmark) See more »

Also Known As:

A bánatos utca See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Sofar-Film See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (1981 restored) | | (copy with English titles at Brussels Musée du Cinéma) | | | | (2012 print of the Filmmuseum München 1989-2009 restoration) | (edited)

Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Throughout her life, Asta Nielsen (Maria Lechner) always said that she failed to see the attraction and talent of Greta Garbo (Greta Rumfort). See more »

Alternate Versions

In 1997 the film was digitally remastered by the Filmmuseum Munich. It also got a new music score. See more »

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Featured in Histoire(s) du cinéma: Les signes parmi nous (1999) See more »

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Die freudlose Gasse
27 October 2015 | by po-temkinSee all my reviews

The Joyless Street in one of the great classics of the German silent cinema. The film, which deals with the interwoven stories of various woman in Vienna at the time of great inflation, represents German silent cinema's move away from the fantastic tales of its Expressionist works towards the portrayal of everyday reality that heralded the style of the New Objectivity. It is also the only silent film that brings together two of the movies' greatest luminaries: Asta Nielsen, the European icon of the Teens, and Greta Garbo, who at the end of the 20's would become the undisputed reigning star of the American cinema. And it is the film that catapulted its director into the top echelon of German screen directors à la Fritz Lang or F.W.Murnau: Georg Wilhelm Papst, who later, with Louise Brooks, would make silents that were no less stylistically influential, as well as masterpieces of the early German sound cinema. (Source:Stefan Drössler)


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