The Joyless Street (1925)

STARRING:
Greta Garbo, Asta Nielsen
DIRECTED BY:
Georg Wilhelm Pabst
GENRE:
Drama
Post WWI Vienna is in economic ruin, and the citizens are struggling with the harsh conditions. Lila Leid (Tamara Geva) is murdered, leaving her husband’s secretary, Egon (Henry Stuart) a suspect. Also struggling is former government official, Hofrat Rumfort (Jaro Fürth), who is living in poverty. To get by, Rumfort’s daughter, Greta (Greta Garbo), earns money working at a brothel. Directed by Georg Wilhelm Pabst (“Pandora’s Box” (1929), “Diary of a Lost Girl” (1929)), this intense German Drama puts you into the slums of depression era Austria, making you feel the sorrow that lives in the appropriately named “Joyless Street.” (BW)