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The Joyless Street (1925) More at IMDbPro »Die freudlose Gasse (original title)

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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)
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Did You Know?

The dark-haired woman waiting in the butcher shop line who is often mistaken for Marlene Dietrich is actually Hertha von Walther. She had a much larger role in the original uncut version of the film. She can also be seen as the lab assistant in Secrets of a Soul (1926) with Werner Krauss.See more »
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Referenced in I Am Curious, Film (1995)See more »


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17 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
Memorable Performance By Garbo, Interesting Expressionist Atmosphere, 1 August 2005
Author: Snow Leopard from Ohio

The interesting expressionist atmosphere and, most of all, a memorable performance by Greta Garbo (does she give any other kind?) both make "The Joyless Street" worthwhile. G.W. Pabst's style also makes a good combination with the setting in post-World War I Vienna. The supporting cast is also good, and all of this makes up for the lack of a first-class story.

Garbo is well-cast as the daughter who is the only real hope of an impoverished family trying to survive in a cold, unforgiving postwar city that is ruled by a handful of predatory exploiters. Just her eyes alone communicate volumes, and her character transcends the rest of the material. Pabst wisely included plenty of close-ups of Garbo, and these leave a lasting impression of her character's weary perseverance and strength of character.

Several of the other characters also have interesting stories of their own. There seem to be a number of different versions of the feature, with widely varying lengths, and thus with the story differently edited, so that some versions will work better than others. But regardless of the story, the setting is effectively rendered, and Garbo's performance stands out.

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