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Street Without End
Directed by Mikio Naruse • 1934 • Japan
Mikio Naruse's final silent film is a gloriously rich portrait of a waitress, Sugiko, whose life, despite a host of male admirers and even some intrigued movie talent scouts, ends up taking a suffocatingly domestic turn after a wealthy businessman accidentally hits her with his car. Featuring vividly drawn characters and bold political commentary, STREET WITHOUT END is the grandly entertaining silent melodrama with which Naruse arrived at the brink of the sound era.