The Joyless Street
The Joyless Street (1925)

This film is an unvarnished study of post-WWI 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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: January 1, 1925
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Variety Staff

The picture has minor virtues and major defects.

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Douglas Pratt

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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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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