Die Freudlose Gasse (The Joyless Street)
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Die Freudlose Gasse (The Joyless Street)
G. W. Pabst's The Joyless Street (Die freudlose Gasse) is an unvarnished study of post-World War I Vienna. Plagued with skyrocketing inflation, the Austrian metropolis becomes the domain of every scurrilous form of profiteering. The central character is a crooked butcher, whose negative influence dominates the lives of virtually everyone on a single Viennese street. The supporting characters include a poverty-stricken professor, his beleaguered daughter, an idealistic American Red Cross worker and a slinky harlot. Each character is photographed in a symbolic manner underlining his or her… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 75%

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"The picture has minor virtues and major defects."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"about the consequences of desperate poverty and decadent wealth"
‑ Douglas Pratt, DVDLaser
"It later came as a major revelation, both when compared with Pabst's later work and in the context of the development of a film narrative able to accommodate a large number of characters."
‑ , Time Out
"As the film cuts between scenes of wretched poverty and luxurious excess, Pabst's imagery and Garbo's magnetic presence more than make up for a rather weak drama."
‑ , Film4
"Despite Garbo, it's heavy going -- an official classic that hasn't quite earned the title."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
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