The Joyless Street (1927) 2007 NR

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Garbo's silent debut. Two beautiful women from good families fallen on hard times become prostitutes or starve.

Starring:
Greta Garbo, Asta Nielsen
Runtime:
1 hour 1 minute

The Joyless Street (1927)

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Genres Drama
Director Georg Wilhelm Pabst
Starring Greta Garbo, Asta Nielsen
Supporting actors Agnes Esterhazy, Werner Krauss, Henry Stuart, Einar Hanson, Gregori Chmara, Karl Etlinger, Ilka Grüning, Jaro Fürth, Renate Brausewetter, Mario Cusmich, Maria Forescu, Robert Garrison, Valeska Gert, Tamara Geva, Max Kohlhase, Krafft-Raschig, Lya Mara, Edna Markstein
Studio Synergy Ent
MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Barbara (Burkowsky) Underwood on February 17, 2005
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First of all, this budget DVD is actually a triple feature of three good quality silent films, namely Charlie Chaplin's "The Kid", "Joyless Street" starring Greta Garbo, and Mabel Normand in "The Extra Girl", but a few things about this DVD's presentation warrant only 3 stars: the musical accompaniment, despite being good, pleasant classical music, is not suited to the films and therefore tends to get somewhat annoying after a while, especially if you are used to well-presented silent films and know how it should be. The picture quality is very good, however, with the exception of "Joyless Street" which is too dark at times so that even some of the intertitles cannot be read. This is my main complaint, and despite missing out on some of the texts, I was still able to appreciate the solemn drama of this otherwise very good film starring Greta Garbo in one of her first starring roles, and directed by G. W. Pabst. Greta is very effective in the role of a young woman trying to make ends meet during difficult economic times and other hardships.

"The Kid" is Charlie Chaplin's first feature-length film and unlike his work until then, it is essentially a serious story about a woman forced to give up her baby, which ends up on the streets and is taken in by tramp, played by Charlie. The tramp raises the child (played by adorable Jackie Coogan)and in the end, mother and child are reunited after all.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By visor1999 on January 14, 2005
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The video quality of this DVD is bad. The films are black/white mute films, but nevertheless there are VHS with a better quality. The music does not match the story. The films are cut to the bone and so you can't recognize the story. It's sad.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Albert MacSwigart on November 5, 2013
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This print gives you no idea of the greatness of the original film. In the first place, it is not the original 1925 version, but the 1927 American release which was already severely butchered by the censors. Completely missing are scenes in brothels, street violence, and virtually all of one of the two plots. (Incidentally, the amazon.com plot description speaks of two heroines; you really only see one. The other, portrayed by the great Asta Nielsen, has all but disappeared.) In the second place, the background music (movements from the Mozart horn concertos played over and over, without regard for the action) is, as one of the other reviewers has noted, laughably inappropriate. Finally, the b/w quality (given throughout in sepia) is often very fuzzy and dark. Don't expect to appreciate the superb cinematography. If you're only interested in Garbo, you'll be rewarded by a few wonderful shots of that star in her first full-eyebrowed and fuzzy-haired incarnation. She is indeed remarkable. But if you want to get evidence of Pabst's genius, or of the features that made the film's realism controversial enough to rouse the ire of moral and political censors, wait till you can get a print of the German version (Die Freudlose Gasse). If you pay for the amazon release, you'll be wasting your money.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By musikwissenschaft on October 14, 2011
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As other reviewer notes: the image quality is awful on Joyless Street, so dark that many shots are illegible, and the music is completely inappropriate (cheerful Mozart over grim Weimar streets??).
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