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Hugo Bettauer (based on the novel by) and
F.H. Lyon (translator)
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Release Date:
5 July 1927 (USA) See more »
Vienna in the biggest depression, directly after WW1. In a slum, Lila Leid, the wife of lawyer Leid is murdered... See more » | Full synopsis »
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Asta Nielsen ... Maria Lechner

Greta Garbo ... Greta Rumfort
Ágnes Eszterházy ... Regina Rosenow (as Agnes Esterhazy)

Werner Krauss ... Metzger von Melchiorstrasse
Henry Stuart ... Egon Stirner

Einar Hanson ... Lt. Davis

Gregori Chmara ... Kellner
Karl Etlinger ... Max Rosenow
Ilka Grüning ... Frau Rosenow
Jaro Fürth ... Hofrat Rumfort
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Renate Brausewetter ... Frau (uncredited)
Mario Cusmich ... Oberst Irving (uncredited)
Maria Forescu ... Frau (uncredited)
Robert Garrison ... Don Alfonso Canez (uncredited)

Valeska Gert ... Frau Greifer (uncredited)

Tamara Geva ... Lia Leid (uncredited)
Max Kohlhase ... Marias Vater (uncredited)
Krafft-Raschig ... Amerikanische Soldat (uncredited)
Lya Mara ... Frau (uncredited)
Edna Markstein ... Frau Merkel (uncredited)
Alexander Murski ... Dr. Leid (uncredited)
Loni Nest ... Rosa Rumfort (uncredited)

Iván Petrovich ... Herr (unconfirmed) (uncredited)
Raskatoff ... Trebitsch (uncredited)
Otto Reinwald ... Herr (uncredited)
Gräfin Tolstoi ... Fräulein Henriette (uncredited)

Sylvia Torf ... Marias Mutter (uncredited)
Hertha von Walther ... Else (uncredited)

Directed by
Georg Wilhelm Pabst  (as G.W. Pabst)
Writing credits
Hugo Bettauer (based on the novel by)

Willy Haas  scenario (uncredited)
F.H. Lyon  translator

Produced by
Stefan Drössler .... reconstruction producer (2009)
Jan-Christopher Horak .... reconstruction producer (1998)
Enno Patalas .... reconstruction producer (1989)
Romain Pinès .... producer (uncredited)
Michael Salkind .... producer (uncredited)
Cinematography by
Robert Lach 
Curt Oertel 
Guido Seeber 
Film Editing by
Anatole Litvak (uncredited)
Marc Sorkin (uncredited)
Art Direction by
Otto Erdmann 
Hans Sohnle 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Marc Sorkin .... assistant director
Art Department
Edgar G. Ulmer .... set designer
Music Department
Steve Sterner .... music by (1990)
Other crew
M.A. Portnoy .... titles: English translation (1990)
Crew believed to be complete

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Also Known As:
"Die freudlose Gasse" - Germany (original title)
"The Street of Sorrow" - USA
"Viennese Love" - Canada (English title)
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125 min | France:94 min (1981 restored version) | Germany:175 min (1998 restored version at Berlin Film Festival, 16 fps) | Spain:109 min | Belgium:115 min (copy with English titles at Brussels Musée du Cinéma) | Germany:148 min (1998 restored version at Arte/ZDF, 19 fps) | 142 min (1998 restored version on DVD, 20 fps) | Germany:151 min (2009 DVD, 19 fps) | Germany:150 min (2012 print of the Filmmuseum München 1989-2009 restoration) | USA:60 min (edited version)
Aspect Ratio:
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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 »


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19 out of 19 people found the following review useful.
Memorable Pabst Film, Gritty and Intense, 1 May 2005
Author: gftbiloxi ( from Biloxi, Mississippi

Director G.W. Pabst would later achieve considerable success with such films as PANDORA'S BOX and DIARY OF A LOST GIRL (both starring Louise Brooks), but while his earlier JOYLESS STREET is less sophisticated it is no less effective in its intense and gritty story of poverty and corruption in post-WWI Vienna.

Pabst was particularly noted for his realistic style, and the grainy, harsh look of the film serves well the story of a woman (the celebrated Asta Nielsen) driven to a life of prostitution and crime by her lover's betrayal. Today, however, the film is chiefly recalled as one of Greta Garbo's first major films, and although somewhat stiff, Garbo acquits herself very well in the role of a woman who contemplates prostitution in an effort to provide for her suddenly destitute family.

Considered scandalous at the time of its release, THE JOYLESS STREET was frequently cut for distribution--particularly in America. For many years the film existed only in edited form; the Kino video release, however, restores the film to its original form and length. Recommended.

Gary F. Taylor, aka GFT, Amazon Reviewer

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