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Directed by: Robert Siodmak Edgar G. Ulmer Fred Zinnemann Curt Siodmak Edgar G Ulmer Curt Siodmak

Produced: 1929

Countries & Regions: Germany

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Certificate: E

Studio: British Film Institute

Length: 73 mins

Format: DVD

Region: Region 2

Released: 25 April 2005

Cat No: BFIVD648

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Languages(s): English
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Screen ratio 1:1.33

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People on Sunday

Cast: Kurt Gerron , Valeska Gert , Erwin Splettstößer , Brigitte Borchet , Wolfgang von Waltershausen , Christl Ehlers , Annie Schreyer , Heinrich Gretler , Ernst Verebes

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Five young Berliners spend a Sunday visiting the country. Nothing of note happens, but in its close attention to the small details of everyday life ’People on Sunday’ is a significant landmark in the traditions of European realism. Written and directed by Robert Siodmak, Edgar G. Ulmer, Billy Wilder and Fred Zinnemann (all of whom would later, following Hitler’s rise to power, develop successful careers in Hollywood), this edition features a newly recorded soundtrack by Elena Kats-Chernin.

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.

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.

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