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Slums of Berlin (1925)

Die Verrufenen (original title)
A young engineer lies to protect his fiancée, and is later convicted of perjury (after which his fiancée abandons him) and sent to prison. When he gets get, he tries to return to his former... See full summary »

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Robert Kramer
Paul Bildt ...
Herr Kramer - Roberts Vater
Aud Egede-Nissen ...
Emma
Arthur Bergen ...
Gustav
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Regine Lossen
Christian Bummerstaedt ...
Regines Bruder
Eduard Rothauser ...
Rottmann
Hildegard Imhof ...
Gerda
Margarete Kupfer ...
Verwalterin
Frida Richard ...
Frau Heinicke
Frigga Braut ...
Waschfrau
Georg John ...
Waschfraus Mann
Rudolf Biebrach ...
Händler
Aribert Wäscher ...
Klatte
Robert Garrison ...
Flickschneider
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A young engineer lies to protect his fiancée, and is later convicted of perjury (after which his fiancée abandons him) and sent to prison. When he gets get, he tries to return to his former life and finds out that's easier said than done--no one wants to hire an ex-con, and when he finds himself broke and homeless, he is "saved" by a local prostitute, and discovers that his only real friends are the people that society deems to be the "lower classes" and "criminals". Just when he is starting to work his way back to "respectability", a situation arises in which he must risk everything he's worked for in order to help out the people who've helped him. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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10 December 1926 (Japan)  »

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Dullish German silent.
21 January 2012 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

SLUMS OF BERLIN is mainly interesting for glimpses of twenties Berlin and of players notable in the films of Lang and others.

Ex Con Goetzke struggles to rehabilitate himself through hard work, after coming out of prison. His decline is arrested by a golden hearted (of course) vice girl. The nice characters are totally one dimensional. Rather better are touches like Bergen stealing the fortune teller's sewing machine, after the cops have taken her away.

We get a murder done in the shadows but the film has little "Expressionist" detail.

Lamprecht was a busy director but it's hard to see his work and estimate it's value.


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