Film Info: Strasse, Die

Street, The (Strasse, Die)

Street, The
Scene from "The Street" (photo courtesy of Filmmuseum Berlin/Deutsche Kinemathek)

A middle-class man wants to just once break out of his routine life and his dull marriage and throws himself into the hustle and bustle of the big city nightlife. Attracted to all the temptations, he goes to a dancing bar with a prostitute, where one of her colleagues is trying to take advantage of a naive man during a gambling game. But when the man wins against all expectations, the women lure him to an apartment, rob him and then murder him. The middle-class man followed the women and when the police arrive, they arrest him as a suspect. In desperation he contemplates suicide in his prison cell, but just in the nick of time, the real killers are found. The man who was just looking for a new experience then meekly returns home where his wife, without a word, serves him the warmed up soup from the night before.


Karl Grune was born in 1890 in Vienna and died in 1962 in Bournemouth/England. He studied under Max Reinhardt, followed by work as a director and actor for various theaters in Berlin and Vienna. He began his film career in 1919 with the film Der Maedchenhirt. In 1932, he emigrated to England where he continued to work as a producer and director. A selection of his films includes: The Street (Die Strasse, 1923), Schlagende Wetter (1923), Jealousy (Eifersucht, 1925), At the Edge of the World (Am Rande der Welt, 1927), Waterloo (1928), Abdul the Damned (1935), and The Marriage of Corbal (1935), among others.
Genre Drama
Category Feature
Year of Production 1923
Director Karl Grune
Screenplay Karl Grune, Julius Urgiss
Cinematography Karl Hasselmann
Karl Goerge-Prochaska, Ludwig Meidner
Cast Anton Edthofer, Leonhard Haskel, Lucie Hoeflich, Eugen Kloepfer, Aud Egede Nissen, Max Schreck, Hans Trautner
Producer Karl Grune
Production Company Stern-Film/Berlin
Length 75 min
Format 35 mm, b&w
Original Version
 silent with German intertitles
Intertitled Versions English, German
German Distributor Transit Film/Munich

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