Street, The

268. THE STREET (1923-Germany). “The story of a night in Paris,” written and directed by KARL GRUNE. “There comes a moment in the life of nearly every man, be he good or bad, when appalled by the monotony and drabness of his daily life, his soul yearns for something different-he longs for the unknown, for the glamour and excitement he imagines to be the lot of the other man: the man in the street. This classic drama inaugurated an entire series of German movies-actually known as “street” films-which explored the allures and dangers of city life. A middle-aged man abruptly leaves his wife and dull middle-class existence, and searches for the adventures he has envisioned would await him on the streets. Attracted to a prostitute, he’s cheated in a card game by her two “protectors, then arrested for a killing they have done, in prison, the desperate man tries to hang himself, but is saved at the last minute. Sobered by his experiences, he retreats from the chaotic jungle of the streets, to the safely of his home and understanding wife. Although known for its psychological detail and realistic evocation of the city (with parks, buildings and car-filled streets created entirely within a studio!). Grune’s film is also remarkable for its expressionistic lighting, photography and symbolism. The hero’s imaginary visions of the city appear as huge shadows enacting dramas on his ceiling; then as hallucinatory images of crowds, autos, fireworks and amusements, arranged in a dazzling montage of superimpositions” and abstract designs. The theme of a respectable man led astray would be replayed many times in the German cinema (“The Blue Angel”), and in the Hollywood films noirs (such as Fritz Lang’s ÒScarlet Street”) that were so heavily influenced by this and other masterworks of Germany’s “Golden Age.Ó Titles in English. Silent film with music score, correct projection speed. 102 minutes. ÒSilentÓ Drama