The Joyless Street

The Joyless Street

Director: G.W. Pabst Cast: Asta Nielsen, Greta Garbo, Valeska Gert


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G. W. Pabst's The Joyless Street (Die freudlose Gasse) is an unvarnished study of post-World War I 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. The supporting characters include a poverty-stricken professor, his beleaguered daughter, an idealistic American Red Cross worker and a slinky harlot. Each character is photographed in a symbolic manner underlining his or her basic personality: the domineering butcher is photographed from a low angle, emphasizing his corrupt power, while the professor is lensed in long shot, highlighting the bareness of his apartment-and by extension, his life. The stars of The Joyless Street include Asta Nielsen and Werner Krauss, but latter-day audiences will find more interest in the supporting part played by young Greta Garbo. Incidentally, despite the claims of many film historians, Marlene Dietrich does not appear as an extra.

Product Details

UPC: 0874757019192
Original Release: 0000
Source: American Pop Classics
Language: English
Time: 1:01:00

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Asta Nielsen Maria Lechner
Greta Garbo Greta Rumfort
Valeska Gert Mrs. Greifer
Werner Krauss The Butcher of Melchoir Street
Einar Hansen Lt. Davis, USA
Loni Nest Rosa Rumfort
Max Kohlhase Maria's Father
Countess Agnes Esterhazy Regina Rosenow
Alexander Mursky Dr. Leid, a lawyer
Rob Garrison Don Alfonso Cafiez
Hertha Von Walther Else
Marlene Dietrich Extra
Karl Etlinger Mr. Rosenow [or Loming]
Ilka Gruning Mrs. Rosenow
Tamara Tolstoi Lia Leid
Sylvia Torf Maria's Mother
Jaro Fuerth Hofrat Rumfort

Technical Credits
G.W. Pabst Director
Otto Erdmann Production Designer
Willy Haas Screenwriter
Robert Lach Cinematographer
Guido Seeber Cinematographer
Hans Sohnle Production Designer

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