Joyless Street

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Directed byJoyless Street_header_cell_0_1_0 Georg Wilhelm PabstJoyless Street_cell_0_1_1
Written byJoyless Street_header_cell_0_2_0 Hugo Bettauer (novel)

Willy HaasJoyless Street_cell_0_2_1

StarringJoyless Street_header_cell_0_3_0 Greta Garbo

Asta Nielsen Werner Krauss Agnes Esterhazy Henry Stuart Robert Garrison Einar HansonJoyless Street_cell_0_3_1

CinematographyJoyless Street_header_cell_0_4_0 Guido Seeber

Curt Oertel Robert LachJoyless Street_cell_0_4_1

Edited byJoyless Street_header_cell_0_5_0 Marc SorkinJoyless Street_cell_0_5_1
Production

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Sofar-FilmJoyless Street_cell_0_6_1
Distributed byJoyless Street_header_cell_0_7_0 Sofar-Film-Produktion GmbHJoyless Street_cell_0_7_1
Release dateJoyless Street_header_cell_0_8_0 )Joyless Street_cell_0_8_1
Running timeJoyless Street_header_cell_0_9_0 151 minutesJoyless Street_cell_0_9_1
CountryJoyless Street_header_cell_0_10_0 GermanyJoyless Street_cell_0_10_1
LanguageJoyless Street_header_cell_0_11_0 Silent film

German intertitlesJoyless Street_cell_0_11_1

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. Joyless Street_sentence_0

Greta Garbo stars in her second major role. Joyless Street_sentence_1

The film is often described as a morality story in which the 'fallen woman' suffers for her sins, while the more virtuous is rewarded. Joyless Street_sentence_2

The film's sets were designed by the art directors Otto Erdmann and Hans Sohnle. Joyless Street_sentence_3

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In 1921 in an alley 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. Joyless Street_sentence_4

Annexed to the nightclub is Merkl Hotel, a brothel to which the women of the nightclub bring their clients. Joyless Street_sentence_5

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. Joyless Street_sentence_6

They are Maria, a streetwalker with a cruel and abusive father, and Grete, who at the last moment, is saved from this fate. Joyless Street_sentence_7

For the poor, the central crisis which begins the film is the lack of meat. Joyless Street_sentence_8

Greta's family is made up of a proud, civil servant father and a little sister who bitterly complains that she can no longer live on cabbage soup. Joyless Street_sentence_9

Grete promises meat the next day, as the butcher has advertised frozen Argentine meat in the morning. Joyless Street_sentence_10

But while standing in the overnight line, Grete passes out and loses her place. Joyless Street_sentence_11

As for Maria, after being screamed at by her father for failing to bring home margarine, she writes to her lover, banking clerk Egon Stirner, and begs him to take her but ultimately 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. Joyless Street_sentence_12

At the finale, Else, a wife and mother, who previously provided sexual favors to the butcher for meat, kills the butcher because he refuses her any more meat. Joyless Street_sentence_13

The poor of the neighborhood, hearing the sounds of the nightclub, revolt against the clients by throwing stones. Joyless Street_sentence_14

The nightclub burns down killing Else and her husband in the attic, but not before allowing them to ease their infant safely to the waiting poor. Joyless Street_sentence_15

Only Grete seems to have any hope of leaving Melchiorgasse, and this because of her relationship with an American Red Cross officer. Joyless Street_sentence_16

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Shortly after its release, different versions of the film circulated because of censorship cuts. Joyless Street_sentence_17

The Filmmuseum in Munich restored the film in 1999 to its original length. Joyless Street_sentence_18

A digital version of this new film, 151 minutes in length, was then produced by Austrian Filmarchiv, from which it is available. Joyless Street_sentence_19

A region 2 DVD version with documentary extras is available. Joyless Street_sentence_20


Credits to the contents of this page go to the authors of the corresponding Wikipedia page: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joyless Street.