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City Streets, Movie, 1931 IMDB

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Also known as:

  • Pulverfaß New York (Austria)
  • Straßen der Großstadt (Germany)
  • Straßen der Weltstadt (Germany)
  • Storbyens hajer (Denmark)
  • Las calles de la ciudad (Spain)
  • Les carrefours de la ville (France)
  • Nagyvárosi utcák (Hungary)
  • Le vie della città (Italy)
  • Wielkomiejskie ulice (Poland)
  • Ruas da Cidade (Portugal)

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DidierF FR

2015-04-18 21:32

Two months before The Maltese Falcon, the first Dashiell Hammett's script to reach the silver screen was a story written on purpose,
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directed by Rouben Mamoulian.

And this 1931 movie is very good indeed, at least for the great number of innovations found in it.

The story is centred on Nan —great Sylvia Sidney—
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whose sweet-heart, 'The Kid' (Gary Cooper), sharp shooter at a Coney Island-like fair, refuses to join the mob whose Nan's step-father, Pop (slimy Guy Kibbee), is a member. This disgusting character having framed his step-daughter after killing a fellow mobster, The Kid, to pay the expanses for the lawyer, enters the racket—while Nan, in jail, understands there is no bright future in it.

When after some seasons, she goes out of jail, the Kid is waiting for her, in his brand new Hispano (er… actually, I'm told it's a Lincoln). But the luscious little babe catches the eye of the mob boss, Maskal (Paul Lukas). That's when troubles begin…

Very interesting and, dare I say, intelligent movie. With morals, though pre-code. Noticeably, none of the violent deaths happening in it are directly shown on screen.

Rouben Mamoulian shows here an astounding mastery of the cinema syntax… he was creating!

Action, chases, and vehicles, naturally. But I guess they will be very difficult to ID.

-- Last edit: 2015-04-19 05:39:10

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