Mother Krause’s Journey to Happiness

  • Dir: Phil Jutzi

  • Germany, 1929, Silent with score, 133 mins, DCP

  • Cast: Alexandra Schmitt, Holmes Zimmermann, Ilse Trautschold

Mother Krause struggles to survive in a building full of the tragic stories that bring to life the crushing poverty of Berlin, even before the Depression. We see the “Wedding” district as a dark neighborhood filled with lives ruined by drink, prostitution and despair, passed on from generation to generation. The old woman survives – barely – by selling newspapers, but this, too, is ruined. As life crumbles around her, her daughter, Erna, is introduced to the promise of Communism and the glories of a massed rally. But is it too late?

#15 in 1995 German Federation of Cinémathèques’ 100 Most Significant German Films




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