People on Sunday (Blu-ray) (1929)
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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 NoteAn 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.
People on Sunday - The Criterion Collection - Blu-Ray DVD Review
By: Dusty Somers Blogcritics.org 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 history....read the full review|
Cast & Crew
|Billy Wilder - Screenwriter|
|Eugen Schufftan - Director of Photography|
|Kurt Gerron - Co-Star|
|Valeska Gert - Co-Star|
|Ernst Verebes - Co-Star|
|Fred Zinnemann - Director|
|Robert Siodmak - Director|
|Edgar G. Ulmer - Director|