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Die Straße (1923)

Presents two distinct plot lines until the two eventually merge: the first is that of the bored middle-aged man seeking a departure from monotony in his life; the second is that of the ... See full summary »

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Karl Grune

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Karl Grune, Carl Mayer (treatment) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Anton Edthofer ... Zuhälter
Aud Egede-Nissen Aud Egede-Nissen ... Dirne
Leonhard Haskel Leonhard Haskel ... Herr aus der Provinz
Lucie Höflich Lucie Höflich ... Frau
Eugen Klöpfer Eugen Klöpfer ... Mann
Max Schreck ... Blinder
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Presents two distinct plot lines until the two eventually merge: the first is that of the bored middle-aged man seeking a departure from monotony in his life; the second is that of the blind man and the little boy, his grandson, who are interdependent. None of the characters have been given names and are therefore referred to only by description. The city is an expressionistic nightmare, a dangerous and chaotic place. Written by Ulf Kjell Gür

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Country:

Germany

Language:

German

Release Date:

5 September 1927 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Street See more »

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Production Co:

Stern-Film See more »
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Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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a great film
7 April 2002 | by hholeSee all my reviews

This highly influential movie was the first of the German "Street" films. It tells the story of one night in which a middle aged man is lured away from his happy home into the thrills and dangers of the city streets. The city is an expressionistic nightmare, a dangerous and chaotic place. The unfortunate man encounters thieves, prostitutes, and other predators. But the real threat to security and order is the street itself. In one extraordinary scene the bumbling man passes an optometrist's shop on a crooked, deserted street. The moment his back is turned, an enormous neon sign, a pair of eyeglasses, blinks on. The street itself is alive and watching.


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