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Format: Blu-Ray DVD
Sku: 220647742
UPC: 715515082914
UPC 14: 00715515082914
Category Keywords: Beaches
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A Rare Glimpse of Weimar-era Berlin.
People on Sunday (Menschen am Sonntag) represents an astonishing confluence of talent?an early collaboration by a group of German filmmakers who would all go on to become major Hollywood players, including eventual noir masters Robert Siodmak and Edgar G. Ulmer and future Oscar winners Billy Wilder and Fred Zinnemann. This effervescent, sunlit silent film, about a handful of city dwellers enjoying a weekend outing (a charming cast of nonprofessionals), offers a rare glimpse of Weimar-era Berlin. A unique hybrid of documentary and fictional storytelling, People on Sunday was both an experiment and a mainstream hit that would influence generations of film artists around the world.
Editor's Note
An early experiment in neo-realist filmmaking, MENSCHEN AM SONNTAG is a low-budget drama about two men, a cab driver and a salesman, who find themselves with nothing to do on a Sunday in Berlin. The friends pick up a couple of young women, and the four spend the day wandering the city streets before heading to a beach in Wannsee, where they go swimming and enjoy an idyllic afternoon by the lake. After a genial but determined attempt at seduction by the two men, the foursome returns to Berlin, with the depressing prospect of another working week looming before them. MENSCHEN AM SONNTAG is most notable today for the behind-the-camera contributions of several young German filmmakers who would later win greater fame after expatriating to the United States following the rise of the Third Reich, among them Billy Wilder, Fred Zinnemann, Robert Siodmak, Edgar G. Ulmer, and Curt Siodmak.


Video Features Aspect Ratio 1.33:1

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Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Image/sphe
Video Release Date Release Date: 6/28/2011
Video Play Time Running Time: 73 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 1929
Video UPC UPC: 00715515082914
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

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Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks:
Video Color Spec Video: (unknown/unconverted)

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Video Aspect Ratio   1.33:1 [4:3]
Entertainment Reviews
Expert Review People on Sunday - The Criterion Collection - Blu-Ray DVD Review
By: Dusty Somers Reviews
Published on: 6/27/2011 9:38 PM
When a cadre of youthful Germans — almost all of them under 30 — made a modest silent film in 1930, probably no one could have anticipated their eventual success in Hollywood. Directors Robert Siodmak and Edgar G. Ulmer would make striking film noirs like The Killers and Detour, camera assistant Fred Zinnemann would win four Oscars, cinematographer Eugen Schüfftan would photograph numerous classics, including The Hustler, and screenwriter Billy Wilder (then known as Billie) would become one of the most acclaimed comedic and dramatic filmmakers in all of American film the full review

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Billy Wilder - Screenwriter
Video Cast Info Eugen Schufftan - Director of Photography
Video Cast Info Kurt Gerron - Co-Star
Video Cast Info Valeska Gert - Co-Star
Video Cast Info Ernst Verebes - Co-Star
Video Cast Info Fred Zinnemann - Director
Video Cast Info Robert Siodmak - Director
Video Cast Info Edgar G. Ulmer - Director

Professional Reviews

Sight and Sound
"[An] entrancing, quietly radical artefact of European silent cinema's last hours..." 08/01/2011

Film Comment
"[T]his quintessential Weimar weekend idyll was a historical, stylistic, and personal crossroads." 09/01/2011

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