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People on Sunday DVD

Curt Siodmak, Edgar G Ulmer, 1929

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Film Details

Directed by Curt Siodmak, Edgar G Ulmer

Produced in 1929

Main Language - SILENT

Countries & Regions - European Film, German Film

MovieMail's Review

People on Sunday was made in the summer of 1929 by a group of enterprising and talented filmmakers at the start of their careers – Billy Wilder, Edgar Ulmer, Robert & Curt Siodmak, Fred Zinnemann and Fritz Lang’s inventive cinematographer Eugene Schüfftan. The result was a unique mix of documentary and fiction almost cavalier in the style and simplicity of its storytelling and full of the life of the streets in 1920s Berlin. It proudly proclaimed itself to be ‘a film without actors’ and the lives of the characters in the film were conflated with the real lives of the people who assumed those characters, even to the extent of them only being filmed on their day off, Sunday.

The storyline is a simple one of boy meets girl then prefers her friend, but this is beautifully weighted with a joyful look at people relaxing, sunbathing and picnicking on a Sunday by the Nikolassee. Society as a whole is the subject of the film, which still offers a genuinely fresh vision, and is enraptured by the beauty of the everyday.

Graeme Hobbs on 1st April 2005
Author of 300 reviews

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Marking the debuts of such talents as Billy Wilder, Fred Zinnemann, Edgar Ulmer, Robert and Curt Siodmak and cinematographer Eugene Schufftan, People on Sunday is a revelation. It's an inventive and naturalistic account of ordinary working types on their day off (filmed only on Sundays of course) and really is as an unheralded pinnacle of silent film in its mix of documentary and naturalism.

DVD Details

Certificate: E

Publisher: BFI

Length: 73 mins

Aspect ratio: 1.33:1

Format: DVD B&W

Region: 2

Released: 25th April 2005

Cat No: BFIVD648

DVD Extras

  • This Year ? London (UK, 1951), a 25-minute film which follows the adventures of a Leicester-based shoe factory staff on their annual holiday outing
  • Filmmakers? biographies
  • 12-page booklet with film notes.

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by Anon on 20th March 2001

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