Die Freudlose Gasse (The Joyless Street)
Die Freudlose Gasse (The Joyless Street) (1925)

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… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: January 1, 1925
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Critic Score: 75% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Variety Staff
Variety

The picture has minor virtues and major defects.

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Douglas Pratt
DVDLaser

about the consequences of desperate poverty and decadent wealth

Time Out

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.

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Film4

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.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

Despite Garbo, it's heavy going -- an official classic that hasn't quite earned the title.

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